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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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    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 miss Soak Nala camping too.... Team Unimog lets do it again yaar.... we can go by air... it will be 3 day trip... chalo yaar... the best camp site ever... and water fording fun was out of this world... Unimogs driftting in Soak Nala.... damn love everything about it... Soak Nala point was a hunt of Basch aka Bash
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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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    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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    lovely shot laalay.... maza aagaya



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    oye hoeay.... iT was lovely camping i have eva had at Soak Nala... had rat jaga with friends... played cards... jokes and lot more.... dying to go there again.... boyzzzzzz kahan hoooooo.... lagata hai sab vich hogaey....
    when nothing else do the job "TU has the solution"
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    Dil totay totay hogaya ....

    hahahaha.... Miss you moto... kahan chala gaya hai

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    and as you cAn all see i am not in the picture... yeh train tu budhay baboon ki hai ... me and Atta were busy somewhere

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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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    @raohamid excellentooo shots yaar... where is the real thrill? Soak Nala crossing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    oye hoeay.... iT was lovely camping i have eva had at Soak Nala... had rat jaga with friends... played cards... jokes and lot more.... dying to go there again.... boyzzzzzz kahan hoooooo.... lagata hai sab vich hogaey....
    true one of the best of the best... chal ab nai vich list bana
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    @raohamid excellentooo shots yaar... where is the real thrill? Soak Nala crossing.
    Team Unimog Signature.
    Sau din baad aaya hain, chahta hain ek hee visit mein puura tour khatam karr loun? Mehnat karr nau jawaan!

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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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    Thumbs up BeeMog 2x4 Soak Nala crossing

    dont try 2x4 on any other off road machine or you will be viched.... Moggers dont need to lock hubs its always on the move...

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    DeeMog with Dee power..

    Still Play with Mogs... DeeMog 421.129 1986... http://www.youtube.com/user/DeeMog421
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    dont try 2x4 on any other off road machine or you will be viched.... Moggers dont need to lock hubs its always on the move...


    One of the magnificent ride ever had. (Hats offf)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    dont try 2x4 on any other off road machine or you will be viched.... Moggers dont need to lock hubs its always on the move...

    best videos of the trip so far......

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
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    sir ji is this Soak Nala?????

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    Mogsters made it look easy. it seems 3 feet of high water current and i know anything above 2feet in high current no 4x4 SUV can survive.

    i can also feel fun you guys had while crossing it. God Bless you

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    very well said rao bh :
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    Sau din baad aaya hain, chahta hain ek hee visit mein puura tour khatam karr loun? Mehnat karr nau jawaan!

    Rao.

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    it was the best camping site....you had everything here. awesome view, water was very cool and it was a full moon on that night as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    i miss Soak Nala camping too.... Team Unimog lets do it again yaar.... we can go by air... it will be 3 day trip... chalo yaar... the best camp site ever... and water fording fun was out of this world... Unimogs driftting in Soak Nala.... damn love everything about it... Soak Nala point was a hunt of Basch aka Bash

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    All that gliters are diamonds.... lovely shot laalay

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    Tried my best to get Tora Bora fit into this bridge, it didn't work! So I decided to shoot it instead.

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