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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 think this was from the famous PIA air crash of many years ago now. The owner of SHangrilla, found the rubble and reassembled the plane as a tourist attraction. Some of the gang however insisted that I tell everyone that this is the way we got to Shangrilla


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    @TU: Fantastic Adventure, tum sub ki J ho

    @Rao: We met couple of times on various industry related conferences so it was a pleasant surprise to see someone familiar

    As you have said all along and I wouldn't want to take away anything from your skills or efforts while capturing & processing these gems, its indeed the natural beauty & loads of it that makes your job that much easier.

    For those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit these places personally, these awesome pictures turn the flicker into raging desire of going back again & again.

    I last went to this part of the world in 2006 & hopefully next summer will be reprise

    Thank you for the effort of not only capturing & processing, but also sharing with witty write-ups, I missed lunch today because the thread was too good to leave halfway

    5 min main aik meeting pe jana hai, so bhook se Vich ho gaya hu

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    Quote Originally Posted by islamian View Post
    @TU: Fantastic Adventure, tum sub ki J ho

    @Rao: We met couple of times on various industry related conferences so it was a pleasant surprise to see someone familiar

    As you have said all along and I wouldn't want to take away anything from your skills or efforts while capturing & processing these gems, its indeed the natural beauty & loads of it that makes your job that much easier.

    For those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit these places personally, these awesome pictures turn the flicker into raging desire of going back again & again.

    I last went to this part of the world in 2006 & hopefully next summer will be reprise

    Thank you for the effort of not only capturing & processing, but also sharing with witty write-ups, I missed lunch today because the thread was too good to leave halfway

    5 min main aik meeting pe jana hai, so bhook se Vich ho gaya hu


    Dear Islamian,

    I cannot thank you enough for going through a large part of the thread. Its become pretty big, so any one who is able to cover any ground is a person who is motivated enough. You've been through enough obviously, since you are speaking "Jayish", Team Unimog's official language, this is where we have "viched" English, and Urdu, and Punjabi and come up with something new

    That being said, the better part of your reply is your appreciation. On behalf of TU, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your kind words.

    It really is a beautiful place. And I'm sure it was more beautiful in 2006 when it was further untouched. I have to say though that we hit the nail on the head when we chose the dates for travel, I haven't seen the area so lush and green before, the weather was also perfect.

    Great that we have been acquaintances before. I look forward once again to meeting with you.

    Best.
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    My first boat rowing experience was in these waters !!! What a place !!
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    It’s time to give some visual sights of people getting viched & here is how bash got vich………..
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    Hahahhaha, viched in Bara Paani. Not many people can say that about themselves. Bash, the great bear of Deosai, you were great.

    Rao.
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    learning fast and syncd in with TU ... learned Jayho and Viched ... good going brother.... aapki bhi Jayho



    Quote Originally Posted by islamian View Post
    @TU: Fantastic Adventure, tum sub ki J ho

    @Rao: We met couple of times on various industry related conferences so it was a pleasant surprise to see someone familiar

    As you have said all along and I wouldn't want to take away anything from your skills or efforts while capturing & processing these gems, its indeed the natural beauty & loads of it that makes your job that much easier.

    For those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit these places personally, these awesome pictures turn the flicker into raging desire of going back again & again.

    I last went to this part of the world in 2006 & hopefully next summer will be reprise

    Thank you for the effort of not only capturing & processing, but also sharing with witty write-ups, I missed lunch today because the thread was too good to leave halfway

    5 min main aik meeting pe jana hai, so bhook se Vich ho gaya hu
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    Quote Originally Posted by islamian View Post
    @TU: Fantastic Adventure, tum sub ki J ho

    @Rao: We met couple of times on various industry related conferences so it was a pleasant surprise to see someone familiar

    As you have said all along and I wouldn't want to take away anything from your skills or efforts while capturing & processing these gems, its indeed the natural beauty & loads of it that makes your job that much easier.

    For those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit these places personally, these awesome pictures turn the flicker into raging desire of going back again & again.

    I last went to this part of the world in 2006 & hopefully next summer will be reprise

    Thank you for the effort of not only capturing & processing, but also sharing with witty write-ups, I missed lunch today because the thread was too good to leave halfway

    5 min main aik meeting pe jana hai, so bhook se Vich ho gaya hu
    Still Play with Mogs... DeeMog 421.129 1986... http://www.youtube.com/user/DeeMog421
    http://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4-clubs-off-roaders-suv/87109-team-unimog-punga-project

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    hahahahahahhahahahahhahaha that is one Rarest, Vichest, suckest, foqest pictures you shared.... hahahhahahahahhaha i saw that live...

    Basch crossing Bara pani to rescue Tora Bora.... hell of initiative by mogger.... Jayho Jayho Jayho

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    @raohamid aka Guru G
    wild pictures of Shangrella... maja aa gaya

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    Thumbs up jay ho!!!!!

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