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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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    not again.... Butt got viched.... Altitude sickness

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    Default Asad the pointer driving BeeMog in Deosai

    some times pointer is driver and driver is pointer....
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    Default Bara pani Deosai

    the suspension bridge didnt get Team Unimog interest and we spare it for all others .... or you can say we didnt want to break it...

    we already planned crossing Bara Pani not by the bridge....
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    straight road to bara pani water crossing..
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    Default Solitude at Alitude by Atta

    our camera man not only made all vdos standing in middle of bara pani but also crossed bara pani on foot....
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    Thumbs up DeeMog showing off at kala pani

    Just to make it interesting Team Unimog decided to do it again in a little bit high speed splashing water .... typical TU show off....

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    Thumbs up BeeMog showing off at kala pani

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    Thumbs up Tora Bora doing it a style

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    now to make it more interesting we got off the road to the rocky bummy runs instead of zig zag drive ... why not save time and go straight...

    happy mogging in Deosai

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    Look at Basshh he is keeping an close eye


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    some times pointer is driver and driver is pointer....
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    beauty of Deosai....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
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    i crossed kala pani a day before u ppl crossed it..... and i was like .............yar this is kala pani no action no thrill
    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    no doubt a wonderfull trip it was....

    guyz...i might need to ask u one question which kept nagging me while reading this whole thread...

    question is.....how many times on the trip till now it was utterly necessary to engage 4X4 for tora bora....just tora bora not the b/d mog....

    i mean a place where rao actually thought k i must engage 4X4 else there is no way forward for mmc ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajab9007 View Post
    i crossed kala pani a day before u ppl crossed it..... and i was like .............yar this is kala pani no action no thrill
    true very true... we were like in the same state of mind....
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    Quote Originally Posted by qaswah View Post
    no doubt a wonderfull trip it was....

    guyz...i might need to ask u one question which kept nagging me while reading this whole thread...

    question is.....how many times on the trip till now it was utterly necessary to engage 4X4 for tora bora....just tora bora not the b/d mog....

    i mean a place where rao actually thought k i must engage 4X4 else there is no way forward for mmc ????
    only raohamid can reply.... but i know there were very few places where we engage 4x4....
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    well the kind of machines mogs are....i have actually a doubt that they require 4X4 engaged for the trip except ur efforts to reach the mountain top ......

    and truthfully speaking the road clearance mogs have ..... the 4X4 should be engaged in extreme condition....but with mmc i can make a better idea for the plan cooking in ma mind .....

    well now i must wait for rao to reply my question....

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    Look at Basshh he is keeping an close eye
    hahaha nice catch bro....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    hahaha nice catch bro....
    Driving mog is not piece of cake for sure, it needs some real commitment, zeal & passion, 10/10 to mog drivers !

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee View Post
    picture add to favorites...
    breath taking pic !
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by ams0007 View Post
    Driving mog is not piece of cake for sure, it needs some real commitment, zeal & passion, 10/10 to mog drivers !
    thanks Asad... its about passion and Punga that keep moggers connected... Team Unimog ki Jayho


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    breath taking pic !
    thanks boy... more coming ...
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