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

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    1000 up Jayhooooooo
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    24/7 all leg drive..... too good shot laalay.....

    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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    Rao, DeeDee, Awesome Man, Maza Aa gia yaaro...
    Be nice to the ppl while going up.. you might meet them on your way down

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    very very nice pic.... the clouds and colors are just too great...


    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Deemog crossing Chota Paani at Deosai, was too simple for the mighty Mogs.

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    That's Sheosar through my eyes gents. Hope you guys enjoyed this beautiful area. If you get a chance, you must visit Deosai and pay your respects to the mother nature at Sheosar, you won't regret it!

    Rao.
    Excellent Captured Rao bh!

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    kia hua bhaiyo.. break lag gai?

    loving the beauty of deosai. very nicely captured by you guys. keep em rolling.
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    DD bhai kya howa...lambi break hi lag gai ha....?
    kahin Deemog ka bonat to tekh nai kerwa re.....?

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    pehlay yeh bata kay tun itnay din kahan tha?.... you silent viewer .... chall ja nahi kerni aur pictures upload .....

    yaar ab sunday ko offroad kay baad break tu aani hai.... viewer stay tuned for Guru G pro pictures.... woh zara mog ka bonnet seedha kerwa loon.....

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    kia hua bhaiyo.. break lag gai?

    loving the beauty of deosai. very nicely captured by you guys. keep em rolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    pehlay yeh bata kay tun itnay din kahan tha?.... you silent viewer .... chall ja nahi kerni aur pictures upload .....

    yaar ab sunday ko offroad kay baad break tu aani hai.... viewer stay tuned for Guru G pro pictures.... woh zara mog ka bonnet seedha kerwa loon.....
    was enjoying stuff silently with you and GG going at it..didn't want to butt in. but loved all the posts and pics. J Ho
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    Exclamation Bad News, Lets see if Team Unimog has the solution!

    Dear All, Rao's laptop hardisk crashed today, and he is upset and away from pakwheels today. He has lost all of his data including solitude pictures with no backup. Hardisk has been sent for recovery and techies are on there toes. Lets hope and pray for the best.
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    oho thats bad...
    inshallah ap ke mehnat zayz nai ho ge... pics a jain ge.
    waisay alwayz back up guyzzz

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    No need to worry dear; there are few techniques in the market through which u ll be able to retrieve your data successfully...though not 100 % but more than 85% is the success rate...try to get it done from some skilled data recovery specialist...if i can be of any help than do let me know...good luck

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    OH SHOOOOT !!!!!!

    Pls let me know if any help is required ... i know a few good fellows in Hafeez Center Lahore who could be able to help, of course with permission from my IT Guru @Saint20
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    @bugzy so sweet of u for u r kind thoughts...i have tried to contact Rao but he is bit occupied ; will share few thoughts with him and than if he agrees we ll put in our efforts...

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    Not good news, but I am sure that Rao has the right resources deployed at the issue and is gonna be up and running soon! All the best to Rao and look forward to resumption of nashariat soon!
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    Adventure adventure and another BIG adventure.... I must say that..... we pray for you guys.

    we cant live without it RAO..

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    Default In Deosai.... waiting for Rao's pro :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    Dear All, Rao's laptop hardisk crashed today, and he is upset and away from pakwheels today. He has lost all of his data including solitude pictures with no backup. Hardisk has been sent for recovery and techies are on there toes. Lets hope and pray for the best.
    Unfortunate - Good luck for recovery bro.
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    Hi guys,
    Yes, it is truly unfortunate, and franky, I haven't been myself since this has happened. Unfortunately, there is no good news so far, they are still working on it, trying to crack the McAfee encryption. I don't know why they encrypt if they don't know how to de-crypt.

    I want to thank you all for your patience, perhaps, it may get resolved in the next day or two. Perhaps not. Really upsetting for me.

    Saint20 - Bro, thanks for your call the other day and they help you are ready to provide.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    KICK-*** pics mate!


    and sad to hear about the HDD, hopefully you'll get your data back soon.

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