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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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    Quote Originally Posted by parapilot View Post
    Wal photowan nay, keep them rolling
    Coming up in 10 minutes sir, uploading on hosting site.

    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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    chal fair sawairay ee waikhaan ***

    Amazing piece of art by all the farts
    Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.......

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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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    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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    Sadpara Lake, it was very dark when we got here and I was too lazy to take out the tripod. Its a lovely lake, and has an ash green lime color. So this came just after the horribly dangerous decline from Deosai to Skardu.

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    We corssed Skardu during the night time, and frankly, we were too exhausted to take pictures. We moved straight to Shiggar, which is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Skardu. The road to Shiggar is great, one of the best drives you can experience in Pakistan. Shiggar is home of the legendary fort, Shiggar fort. You'll see it as we move along.

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    Rao.
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    Mickie the poser, I'm sure his Aitchisonian buddies would have been proud

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    Loved this area, in the middle of the forest yet not, en route to Shiggar fort.

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    Sir G, Na karain, an hour and 15????
    At what speed were you mogging?
    Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.......

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    Rao.
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    Which camera u used ??
    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapilot View Post
    Sir G, Na karain, an hour and 15????
    At what speed were you mogging?
    Pretty slowly.

    Rao.
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    An old old building just outside the Shiggar Fort. Loved the textures on it. Surprisingly, it was well preserved and persevered through the abuse time would have thrown at it.

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    Rao.
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    Rao.
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    The entrance to the Fort.

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    WOW! Awesome!

    Rao, you have an amazing eye man! and I see that your pretty damn good at post processing as well. Awesome trip and even more awesome photography.
    Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

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    I have nothing else to say on this one other than "Shalwar Kameez". As you can guess, was pretty tired by now.

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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 parapilot View Post
    Sir G, Na karain, an hour and 15????
    At what speed were you mogging?
    it was 60minutes i remember... on our departure from skardu we asked our host Akber Shigri, what is the drive time to shigar? and he told us 45 minutes on car... we did it in 60minutes till our guest house in shigar in night. Basharat was leading the convoy in his BeeMog... if i remember its only 45km from skardu...

    why are you surprised para
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