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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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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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.

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    Hang in there Sir.. We are praying for full recovery of the data. IA you will be able to post up again soon.
    Ehsan

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    @ dee dee & Atta, what about Barapani crossing video ??
    @ Rao, any good news ?

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    Dear TU

    I have been in such an AWE following "solitude on altitude" that words have failed to form everytime I tried to reply with appreciation. 2011 TU PUNGA is the bomb !!

    Especially amazing is the photography by Rao. Pakistan is indeed a very beautiful place. But Rao bro's camera has captured the beauty at a whole different level. Way up there !

    now i hear the sad news about the data accident. I couldn't resist and would like to forward my best wishes and prayers for data recovery. May all the master pieces be recovered soon, Inshallah!

    Support and Love for The Team Unimog !


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    Quote Originally Posted by nOmS6 View Post
    Dear TU

    I have been in such an AWE following "solitude on altitude" that words have failed to form everytime I tried to reply with appreciation. 2011 TU PUNGA is the bomb !!

    Especially amazing is the photography by Rao. Pakistan is indeed a very beautiful place. But Rao bro's camera has captured the beauty at a whole different level. Way up there !

    now i hear the sad news about the data accident. I couldn't resist and would like to forward my best wishes and prayers for data recovery. May all the master pieces be recovered soon, Inshallah!

    Support and Love for The Team Unimog !


    regards,
    Dear NoMS,

    I cannot thank you enough for the praises. I'm not regretting not posting the rest of the pics, but I'm regretting more having a record of the ones already posted. There is still light at the end of the tunnel, the hard drive has been de-crypted, but we're still trying to recover the data. Its one road block after the other unfortunately. I have literally stopped coming to Pakwheels because I'm so upset with my irresponsibility of not creating a back up.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsankiani View Post
    Hang in there Sir.. We are praying for full recovery of the data. IA you will be able to post up again soon.
    Ehsan
    Thanks a lot Doc. Praying.

    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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    rao ji hota hai np. girtay hain shahsawar he maidan e jang may. dont worry. jo pics ap nay upload kar deen hain wo he kafi hain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ams0007 View Post
    @ dee dee & Atta, what about Barapani crossing video ??
    work in progress.... please do not disturb or all others will be Viched...
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    @ Rao, bro let me know if you need any help from our IT team here. We have some Guru jees onboard and will be available for your service anytime.
    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Dear NoMS,

    I cannot thank you enough for the praises. I'm not regretting not posting the rest of the pics, but I'm regretting more having a record of the ones already posted. There is still light at the end of the tunnel, the hard drive has been de-crypted, but we're still trying to recover the data. Its one road block after the other unfortunately. I have literally stopped coming to Pakwheels because I'm so upset with my irresponsibility of not creating a back up.

    Rao.

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    Default Tour m@p de Illustrated

    About 1400KM round trip
    Max Altitude gained was near Sheosar 13,700 ft ASL

    Team Unimog Punga 2011 Solitude at Altitude -288969

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    Its not Soak Nala - Its Astak Nala...
    Road to Heaven will never be a highway...

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    no its soak nala
    Still Play with Mogs... DeeMog 421.129 1986... http://www.youtube.com/user/DeeMog421
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    Quote Originally Posted by ams0007 View Post
    About 1400KM round trip
    Max Altitude gained was near Sheosar 13,700 ft ASL

    Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude - 288969
    Wonderful Summary.. Thank you for sharing. Gives a nice overview of the whole trip.
    Ehsan

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    Wink Solitude at Altitude The Boombastic Boys!

    What makes 4x4Engaged? special is to discover secret places others cannot reach! ✓

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    Superb trip. Keep it up DeeDee!
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    ^^ Chaaa gaye ho janj
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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    rao ji hota hai np. girtay hain shahsawar he maidan e jang may. dont worry. jo pics ap nay upload kar deen hain wo he kafi hain.
    Thanks a lot my friend. Lovely words.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
    See, I told you guys, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

    Janj, love you baby! Excellent video, tusi great ho!

    PS. The 2wd Bara Paani crossing was courtesy the lovely hubs locked by none other than our favorite Pathan man, Mr. Kashif Khan urf Fihsak urf %%$$##$%%.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    @ Rao, bro let me know if you need any help from our IT team here. We have some Guru jees onboard and will be available for your service anytime.
    Roger Desertdevil, thanks, my poor IT guys have been on it day and night. We have made tremendous progress, so I think I should be able to post by tomorrow

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

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