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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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    welcome back Back Guru Gee, we missed you a lot. Take us to Shigar

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

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    hahaha.... yes was all charged up after toss session.... and when you said "whose gonna die first" DeeDee was the lucky crazy driver....

    Guru G didnt know you were also engaged capturing the whole thing.... million $ pictures for me... and m obliged

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Crazy guy videoing and photographing a crazy mog driven by a crazy mogger in a crazy river.

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    Jayho....

    Quote Originally Posted by ifoo_786 View Post
    So nice of you DeeDee sir,, !
    When ever i have to do PUNGA and to Engage 4X4 Inshallah i will join you !!!!

    Jays are meant to rock and rock n roll....
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    Default gone is the Deosai.... coming up is Shigar

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    Picture quality nay is THREAD ko EXTRA ORDINARY bana dya hay....... ~~
    And this credit goes to CAMERA and CAMERAMEN too ~ GREAT WORK ~
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Default Whoooo????

    May I know who is the photographer and editor of the pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWB25 View Post
    @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
    My brother, thanks a lot, and sorry for being so lazy, but the data loss really did demotivate me, and then during Eid I ate so much that when I wasn't eating, I was sleeping Now that the fat has rested, I shall rest no more

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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 mianziaulhaq View Post
    May I know who is the photographer and editor of the pictures?
    There were plenty of photographers. DeeDee, Asad, Ahmed, myself, and Atta. Those are the ones posted on the thread.

    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 ifoo_786 View Post
    Picture quality nay is THREAD ko EXTRA ORDINARY bana dya hay....... ~~
    And this credit goes to CAMERA and CAMERAMEN too ~ GREAT WORK ~
    Thanks a lot bro, actually, the credit goes to Pakistan, had she not been so beautiful, our photos would have been very ordinary too. But I thank you again for your very nice words.

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

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    The great brown bear of Deosai was spotted driving a Unimog towards Bara Paani! Imagine that, there are only a few people in the world to witness this bear from this distance!

    Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude - 6115398569 88530c20b6 b

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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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    Bash, I mean Bhaalu, the great brown bear of Deosai, was not happy losing the toss to toss his Unimog first in Bara Paani, hence his chance of committing suicide came after DeeDee. Check the cloud cover guys.

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

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    Going also....

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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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    Going also...

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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 also....

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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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    Lets try to do the same thing again.... Going.... Going..... Stuck!!!! KAAAASHIIIIFFFFF!!!!! Did you lock the hubs 4x4 is not engaging!?

    Kashif: koi kaam khud bhee karr liya karr.

    Rao: Bash, come and swim a bit and rescue us.

    Bash: I'm coming Rao.

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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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    Bee Mog & Atta (atta can be spotted on left side of the picture along with a stone) both gone cRaZy in this picture

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    Gone also....

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    bhalu ate my italian lunch in challas and he again ate boiled eggs in chillam camp.... Basch is a real glutton

    Guru G thanks for sharing such an extraordinary shot with us....

    I must say all shots are 10/10 and all others are viched

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    The great brown bear of Deosai was spotted driving a Unimog towards Bara Paani! Imagine that, there are only a few people in the world to witness this bear from this distance!

    Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude - 6115398569 88530c20b6 b

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    Kashif: bhalu ko kyun bulata hai... mein utarta hun na gaari say...

    Rao: fittay moun... var gaey laalay


    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Lets try to do the same thing again.... Going.... Going..... Stuck!!!! KAAAASHIIIIFFFFF!!!!! Did you lock the hubs 4x4 is not engaging!?

    Kashif: koi kaam khud bhee karr liya karr.

    Rao: Bash, come and swim a bit and rescue us.

    Bash: I'm coming Rao.

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    Rao.
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    bhallu the glutton.... peanut butter straberry JAME and brade...

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