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    -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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    Sir DeeDee wonderfull pictures with monster rides and great JAYS.... !!
    Keep it up ~..
    I am falling in love with UNIMOG monster !! Any day i will own it . INSHALLAH !!!~
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifoo_786 View Post
    Sir DeeDee wonderfull pictures with monster rides and great JAYS.... !!
    Keep it up ~..
    I am falling in love with UNIMOG monster !! Any day i will own it . INSHALLAH !!!~
    now these are very nice words .... you are welcome to join in the Punga and do let us know if you need any support from Team Unimog....

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
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    Excellent set of pics DeeDee.

    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 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
    Agreed, Kaala Paani was ankle high! Lets see what the other groups come across who have gone after us. I can only imagine the level will be lower since they have gone after us. Lets see, who knows, we may be surprised as nature is tricky.

    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 DeeDee View Post
    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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    This man was epic. A wonderful display of courage and big nuts by him as he stood in Bara Paani for a long long time, even though he lost a bit of his head later on

    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 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 ????
    Great question amigo. Here is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you want, you can do the trip without 4x4, some parts might be challenging in a 2x4 vehicle, like the way to Soak Naala which you haven't seen yet.

    In all honesty, I drove in 2x4 high for 80% of the trip, however, to keep things running smooth, and since speed didn't matter with the mogs there also, I kept 4 low on without locking the hubs of the front wheels. This gave me lots of torque, double the torque, without compromising steering turning ratios, and didn't keep load on the engine at all, kept it more on the gearbox.

    I didn't HAVE to do this, I chose to. Also, if you plan on crossing bara paani, you will need 4x4.

    Just remembered, there was a huge landslide somewhere near Naran I think, it was huge! And it was raining cats and dogs, with lots of slush and slippery mud. I chose to engage 4x4 there as I didn't want to risk a loss of traction.

    Can the trip be done with 4x4 if you are a half decent driver, yes. On the tracks, but we went off quite a bit too.

    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 DeeDee View Post
    now these are very nice words .... you are welcome to join in the Punga and do let us know if you need any support from Team Unimog....

    thanks
    DeeDee
    So nice of you DeeDee sir,, !
    When ever i have to do PUNGA and to Engage 4X4 Inshallah i will join you !!!!
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    both mogs parked across bara pani and having a roger peter with guru g

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    Rao Hamid ready to die in bara pani.... steel ball decision.... TU standing by
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    Steel ball decision was mine, but steel head navigator pointer was the problem!

    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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    New pics starting again soon guys. I'm Back!!!!

    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.
    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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    Very very crazy guy! Atta the great in Bara Paani, I think he was in there for like 50 minutes!


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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    New pics starting again soon guys. I'm Back!!!!

    Rao.
    Waiting Waiting !!!!!
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
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    Rao.
    Tora Bora at its best ~~!
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Going...


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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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    Going.....


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    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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    Gone!!!!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ifoo_786 View Post
    Tora Bora at its best ~~!
    Thanks ifoo! Yes, it loves to rest at high altitudes

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

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    Crazy guy videoing and photographing a crazy mog driven by a crazy mogger in a crazy river.

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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Jays are rocking !!!
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    @Rao...dude, v've all gotten sooooooo used to frequenting this thread that...i mean, I for one, really did miss the new posts from Team Unimog...glad that the postings are being revived...cheers!!! and offcourse Team UNimog ki JAYHO
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