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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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    what abt data guyz????????

    kia bana me waiting for more pics specially soak nala

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    jaag Guru G jaag.... ab tu data recover ho gaya hai... aur kitna tarsaiga....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    jaag Guru G jaag.... ab tu data recover ho gaya hai... aur kitna tarsaiga....

    Sahi baat hai , mai tu rozana "subha ,dopahar , sham ",thread open kerta houn ,Kai shaid pictures upload ho gai houn .....

    EID sai pehlay pictures ka gift hi dai dain...
    Umer Siddiqui ... Inline Six .... ** 2JZ-GE **
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    I am so very sorry everyone. Well, first it was the data, got that recovered. Now its the laptop, got a new one, so everything is in between. I am trying my best to get this done and dusted ASAP. Traveling soon, so not sure if I will be able to before Eid. I thank you for your patience and I apologize.

    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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    great to know that data has been recovered
    cheers man...waiting for the uploads...

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    Team Unimog Punga 2011 Solitude at Altitude -292144
    lions love land rovers mikaal and mothshim

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    Eid Mubarak everyone! Have a blessed Eid and enjoy times with your family, and then check back after Eid for updates on this thread of new photos

    Vietnam, thanks for your wishes also.

    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 raohamid View Post
    Eid Mubarak everyone! Have a blessed Eid and enjoy times with your family, and then check back after Eid for updates on this thread of new photos

    Vietnam, thanks for your wishes also.

    Rao.
    Eid mubarak to you too, I assume the hard disk recovery was successful?

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    Tremendous view of the mountain! Where exactly is this taken? Just short of Sheosar Lake?
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    SK you need to keep looking back for this view.... yes couple of kms short of sheosar lake... there is also an excellent view of nanga parbat at entry point of sheosar lake.... you will be lucky if sky is clear....

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    Tremendous view of the mountain! Where exactly is this taken? Just short of Sheosar Lake?
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    o bhai Eid tu 3 din ki hai aur eid ki chutian 5 din ki.... jaldi ker post yaar

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Eid Mubarak everyone! Have a blessed Eid and enjoy times with your family, and then check back after Eid for updates on this thread of new photos

    Vietnam, thanks for your wishes also.

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    Thumbs up awsummm...

    hats offff to u guys....

    DeeDee bro... sooon ill b one f d Mogs family...

    Eid Mubarik to u all//

    regards
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    Eid mubarak Buddy

    Quote Originally Posted by RetardedBuddy View Post
    Eid mubarak to you too, I assume the hard disk recovery was successful?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pistols View Post
    hats offff to u guys....

    DeeDee bro... sooon ill b one f d Mogs family...

    Eid Mubarik to u all//

    regards
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    @Hamid.... boy you will be more than welcome to Team Unimog... i guess after watching the TU adventure you have changed your mind from IVECO to Unimog....

    Eid Mubarak bro ... see ya soon
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    Default drive through Deosai from Sheosar to Kala Pani

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    Cool bara shoor suntay thay pehlu mein unka...

    cheeer ker daikha tu.....

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    Default this cant be the kala pani!

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    Default yes its the kala pani in mid July 2011

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