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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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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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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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    More in another few hours coming up Insha'Allah.

    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
    Guru G its not even Urdu
    Hahahah! Ooopss. Jo bhee hain, mushkil hain

    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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    More in another few hours coming up Insha'Allah.

    Rao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junaidahmad View Post
    ala Pics
    aap ne turbo on kia howa hai....
    Oh yes!

    A few more coming up.

    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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    I love this pic. It took 20 minutes to get these guys to line up, and still they didn't do it properly. Moggers don't know how to follow directions! They kept tickling each other and do all sorts of other nasty things. Naughty boys.

    PS. Also please notice why Bash is often called Bhaalu.

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

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    And of course, no such fort is complete without a Bara Darri.

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    Even though Kashif urf Palwashay is older, he fits right in with the other two young guns.

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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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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Akbar Shiggri the great, obviously, he is from Shiggar. He was a great host, he took us to his family's fruit yard, and we all went ballistic over there. Never have I had such fruit in my life, I think DeeDee captured some of those moments with his camera. Great guy, and lovely kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Ifoo, the easy answer is that I used a Nikon D70s, 5 years old camera. The tough one is that I ask you to look through the 60 plus pages of this thread and find out what other equipment was used as its been answered 7 times before also But since I'm a nice guy, I'll just tell you it was a D70s

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    If travelling was free............ You know what i mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    @SK... lovely boss lovely... this is the point where you can see both Killer Nanga parbat on your back and shoesar in front... breath taking view of lake....

    iska matlab hai yeh Deosai show will last till winter... 2011 the year of Deosai

    beautifully taken shot thanks for sharing boss... you should have killed 2 birds with one stone, i mean both lake and Nanga parbat in one picture if you have aligned the side view mirror.... next time we will try this ... will be anxiously waiting for the IJC thread launch...
    Thanks DeeDee! Firstly I really meant it when I said that it is amazing how you guys do it with your mogs without any second drivers. I can appreciate the difference because this time I was in an SUV with 3 people sharing the driving and compared to a Jeep with a dedicated driver it was a world of difference in driver fatigue on return! Not to be misunderstood though, as there was many tracks here where a good leaf sprung Jeep would whip any modern SUV in many respects, ease of driving and driver/passenger fatigue notwithstanding.....

    On Nanga Parbat, theoretically the two shot hypothesis is correct, but as you are aware the Nanga Parbat normally veils its nanganess in a thick cloud cover. On this trip there was perhaps more probability of seeing naked parees at Deosai rather than catching a glimpse of the killer mountain. You could not even see the tops of the mountains in the valleys most of the time, such were the cloud and fog conditions, and we were lucky to avoid the rain at Deosai and have good weather. That said, it was not ideal conditions for photography as the light was unpredictable and cams were mostly running in sport mode from the rear seat, as my father had kicked into rally mode sometime after Naran
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Sk, my bud, lovely shot. Seems to have "browned" out a bit since we were there, but that was to be expected. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics bro. Glad you're back and safe.

    Rao.
    Thanks Rao ! Difficult for anyone to post anything here after your Deosai photography to be honest. Apart from the challenging lighting and fast pace shoots, I feel my stuff is bound to look bland and dry as I haven't gotten around to working in Raw format or using Photoshop (particularly after hearing what these do to hard drives ). I am happy using DSLRs as point and shoot cams and even the minimal processing I do on iPhoto is giving me nightmares given the volume of stuff at hand. But all said and done it would be interesting to see the different brownish shade of the place at this time of the year. I will try to post some stuff relevant to TU and discussions on this thread here as I move along.

    Some pics uploaded on my IJC forum thread, inshallah more to come soon: Islamabad Jeep Club &bull; View topic - Deosai Chunmai....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Thanks DeeDee! Firstly I really meant it when I said that it is amazing how you guys do it with your mogs without any second drivers. I can appreciate the difference because this time I was in an SUV with 3 people sharing the driving and compared to a Jeep with a dedicated driver it was a world of difference in driver fatigue on return! Not to be misunderstood though, as there was many tracks here where a good leaf sprung Jeep would whip any modern SUV in many respects, ease of driving and driver/passenger fatigue notwithstanding.....

    On Nanga Parbat, theoretically the two shot hypothesis is correct, but as you are aware the Nanga Parbat normally veils its nanganess in a thick cloud cover. On this trip there was perhaps more probability of seeing naked parees at Deosai rather than catching a glimpse of the killer mountain. You could not even see the tops of the mountains in the valleys most of the time, such were the cloud and fog conditions, and we were lucky to avoid the rain at Deosai and have good weather. That said, it was not ideal conditions for photography as the light was unpredictable and cams were mostly running in sport mode from the rear seat, as my father had kicked into rally mode sometime after Naran
    its a zeal that keep us moving.... InshaAllah Team Unimog 2012 again will be without AC and power steering.... only the fun package all the way ...

    watching your thread boss... lovely shots
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Akbar Shiggri the great, obviously, he is from Shiggar. He was a great host, he took us to his family's fruit yard, and we all went ballistic over there. Never have I had such fruit in my life, I think DeeDee captured some of those moments with his camera. Great guy, and lovely kids.


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    here u go.... Rao Hamid nay tu sara bagh hee kha leya

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    Janat kay phal...
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    falling... DeeDee nice catch

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    Bachay mun kay sachay

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