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    Default Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude

    -Intro-
    There were lyrics, perhaps unbeknownst, at the time, reminiscing, perhaps more often than we would have cared for, perhaps more often than was appreciated. They, the lyrics, went on from milestone to milestone, from one achievement to the next, from one hurdle till the other. “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death……”

    It is that fear of the unknown, that desire to succeed, that want to want more, that camaraderie, that essence, that fulfillment, that self actualization, that focus, that function, that made us proud to be men during the week of 15<sup>th</sup> July – 22<sup>nd</sup> July 2011.

    Conception started eons ago, almost as soon as the first Team Unimog (TU) Punga tour (https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...nimerg-butogah) ended. That TU trip was inconceivable for matters that are too plenty to cover again. TU decided that it was important that such trips be restricted to a cycle of 2 years. Mature words, but perhaps spoken to soon. Not all the G4 could make that trip, and for those unacquainted with the acronym, G4 is nomenclature used to describe 4 of us with too many kind traits for Pakwheels to accept and not censor. Suffice is to say that “Your Enemy’s My Enemy” is our moto. Anyways, hence, two years seemed too distant.

    Fast forward, TU had a strange addition, surprisingly, it wasn’t a Unimog, but I guess friendship and company is thicker than steel and a chassis. It wasn’t German, and it wasn’t even the same classification. You’ll see it as you continue to frequent this thread I hope. The same two Unimogs that you are well acquainted with were stripped through and through the whole year, all pending the experience the drivers gained last time around. I cannot count the number of critical spares that were carried, for all three vehicles. I cannot, unfortunately, also count, and for our wives’ peace of mind, the amount of Quaid-e-Azams we had to let go off, empty, empty wallets- also, to the gallows with online and mobile banking!

    13, the so called “unlucky number”, was the actual number of people who would go down and make history on this trip. 13 people, 13 men, of different backgrounds, of different ages, would forever imprint their memories with an out worldly experience. For many, it would be the first time they would have looked at our country, the beautiful Pakistan, in a completely new light. For others, who were better travelled within Pakistan, they obviously keep seeing things that beckon them to come back again and again.

    The route, though decided well in advance, was at the mercy of Mother Nature. Landslides, flooding, law and order, altitude, river crossings and other fragile infrastructure, would all have to be taken into account. Resident locals, as many contacts as we were able to obtain, were critical in providing us with up-to-date and validated information. With all constants and variables where they were, the route was decided and set in stone unless mishaps on the way made way for contingencies.

    Lahore (for Lahoris) - Islamabad – Abbotabad – Mansehra – Ballakot – Kaghan – Naran – Jalkhad – Lulusar Lake – Gitidas – Babusar Pass – Chillaas – Jaglot – Astore – Chillum Chowkey – Sheosar Lake (Deosai) – Kaala Paani (Deosai) – Bara Paani (Deosai) – Teesra Paani (Deosai) – Sadpara Lake - Skardu – Shiggar – Skardu – Lower Kachura at Shangrilla – Soak Nala – Lower Kachura – KKH (Skardu – Gilgit Road) – Jaglot – Chillaas – Babusar Pass – Gitidas – Lulusar Lake – Jalkhad – Naran – Kaghan – Ballakot – Mansehra – Abbotabad – Islamabad – Lahore (for Lahoris)

    Whilst this is a mere introduction, and by no means exhaustive, expect additions to keep coming your way. Notables, and worthy mentions include, but are not limited to Nanga Parbat, and the various views we got of the majestic peak from parts of the KKH and Deosai. Road conditions on a whole were extremely poor, owing to the rebuild of the KKH, and the floods of the recent past. These conditions were not only tormenting for us, but more so for the three stallions that we were riding. Perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the trips were our camps which would have scored no less than 5-Stars on any hospitality matrix. The highlights for our rides were definitely the water crossings at Bara Paani and Teesra Paani in Deosai (one of the largest and highest Plateaus of the world).

    It is prohibitively challenging to summarize 7 days of travel in a few paragraphs, so I hope you will sit back and thoroughly enjoy the pictures and videos.

    -Outro-
    With that being said, many of us who participated will miss each other the most, and in closing I quote simple words Bo Jackson said some while ago; “If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of teammates.”

    - Team Unimog, Pakistan



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    The horses at Soak Nala, between Upper Kachura and Lower Kachura
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    The Fields of Gold
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    Shangrilla Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistian, Pakistan
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    The Droplet of Sheosar Lake, Deosai
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    Wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


    An even more wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Acha tou phir tou tumhara apna hee masla hain, waisay bhee, G4 hates rich people, especially ones with Plasmas, jo ganday show offs hotay hain, jo forums pey batatay hain kay woh bohot ameer hain.

    Now stop being a buddi mai, and contribute something useful to the thread.

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    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Rao.
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    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Tora Bora in Dakaar and Camel Trophy mode.

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    Deemog crossing Chota Paani at Deosai, was too simple for the mighty Mogs.

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    Wildlife on the Plains of Deosai. Locals were great, all too happy to pose for some photos. Other set of locals stopped us to ask us to take photos of them.


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    Mog in the land far far away, how a vehicle that grand and big can look so small in front of mother nature. En route to Bara Paani.

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    It was an awesome experience being on Deosai. I must say that we probably rushed it a little more than I would have liked, but it was necessary to reach Bara Paani before the evening, that's when the water current as well as the depth of the water makes it very difficult to cross.

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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Just too good.....Another personal Fav...

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Wildlife on the Plains of Deosai. Locals were great, all too happy to pose for some photos. Other set of locals stopped us to ask us to take photos of them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Acha tou phir tou tumhara apna hee masla hain, waisay bhee, G4 hates rich people, especially ones with Plasmas, jo ganday show offs hotay hain, jo forums pey batatay hain kay woh bohot ameer hain.

    Now stop being a buddi mai, and contribute something useful to the thread.

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    Boyzzzz: If i am not wrong Asad viched his one mobile as well some where between Skardu and Chilas.

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    If the pictures are so beautiful ... what would be the level of beauty through naked eye!
    yaar hamid bhai sheosar is just mind boggling ... a must go place ... thank u so very much for such amazing shots

    @Vich List ..... butt tu cha gaya hey bhai ... too good a laugh and the ... coversation at the bottom .. hilarious!

    G4 Photoshoot is too good ... looks like the weight DD shed ... khocha has picked ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    gusaaaaa.....shuker ha mere pas plasma nai ha
    dont spoil thread with your childish replies.... stay healthy and contribute positively....

    be a Jay man ...
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    styled by our beloved khochi..... simply out of buxa

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Tora Bora in Dakaar and Camel Trophy mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    If the pictures are so beautiful ... what would be the level of beauty through naked eye!
    yaar hamid bhai sheosar is just mind boggling ... a must go place ... thank u so very much for such amazing shots

    @Vich List ..... butt tu cha gaya hey bhai ... too good a laugh and the ... coversation at the bottom .. hilarious!

    G4 Photoshoot is too good ... looks like the weight DD shed ... khocha has picked ...
    Shoesar is shoesar....

    hahaha khochi now want to stay healthy....

    thanks boy you liked the show.... par show tu abhi baki hai.... stay tuned for Bara Pani water crossing....
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    ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Tora Bora in Dakaar and Camel Trophy mode.

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    The Best Tora Bora Pic by far!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    dont spoil thread with your childish replies.... stay healthy and contribute positively....

    be a Jay man ...
    roger DD bahi...aap ka hukam sar aankhoon per

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    Awesome, i m not closing this thread page
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