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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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    Quote Originally Posted by qalandur View Post
    Pardon my ignorance How well are these Trucklites? Are they 24V or 12V?
    Well, I have a couple of 12v mounted now to my Pajero. The one's that are on DeeDee Unimog in this trip were 24v. Since DeeDee had a million of them mounted, they brought out the day during the night.

    They take some getting used to, and are great at high beam. It is important how they are aligned and positioned.

    Personally, I think they are super sexy!! I love them.

    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 qalandur View Post
    Pardon my ignorance How well are these Trucklites? Are they 24V or 12V?
    our Unimogs are running on 2 batteries means 24v and yes truck lites are also 24v ... they are not good ... they are amazing
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    Smile

    I agree to Rao's comment, allignment is very important to have good visibility on low beam as the spread on low beam is very well focused. Just mounted them on my moggie last week and I smile like this when someone is coming from the opposite side with high beam, I just love the flicker of LEDs.

    DD's roof mounted millions of LEDs can pull anyone out from the dark age

    Quote Originally Posted by qalandur View Post
    Pardon my ignorance How well are these Trucklites? Are they 24V or 12V?
    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Well, I have a couple of 12v mounted now to my Pajero. The one's that are on DeeDee Unimog in this trip were 24v. Since DeeDee had a million of them mounted, they brought out the day during the night.

    They take some getting used to, and are great at high beam. It is important how they are aligned and positioned.

    Personally, I think they are super sexy!! I love them.

    Rao.
    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    our Unimogs are running on 2 batteries means 24v and yes truck lites are also 24v ... they are not good ... they are amazing
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    @Basharatu... khochi will be the happiest among us after watching that you are now mounting all the stuff that you previously were only collecting :p... moggie looking sexy with those truck wali lites :p

    next step will be flood lite rack design for BeeMog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    our Unimogs are running on 2 batteries means 24v and yes truck lites are also 24v ... they are not good ... they are amazing
    Thx. Trucklites available in 12V as well for Civilians in US.
    One more question, I am in the middle of getting Rigid Industries 50" LED bar. What do u think as compared to Trucklites?
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    amazing photography,this was definately a v fun trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by qalandur View Post
    Thx. Trucklites available in 12V as well for Civilians in US.
    One more question, I am in the middle of getting Rigid Industries 50" LED bar. What do u think as compared to Trucklites?
    What you are about to buy is the Rolls Royce of all lights, at 50 inches, that bar will cost you as much a car!

    Having said that, light bars and circular standard 7 inch driving/floods/spots cannot be compared. Their applications are entirely different.

    You light bar is not road legal (even in Pakistan) I believe in most of the world, it will only be legal off the road.

    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 jz View Post
    amazing photography,this was definately a v fun trip
    Thank you JZ, we appreciate it.

    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 raohamid View Post
    What you are about to buy is the Rolls Royce of all lights, at 50 inches, that bar will cost you as much a car!

    Having said that, light bars and circular standard 7 inch driving/floods/spots cannot be compared. Their applications are entirely different.

    You light bar is not road legal (even in Pakistan) I believe in most of the world, it will only be legal off the road.

    Rao.
    Thx.
    Is 7" LEDs Flood on roof ROAD LEGAL in Pakistan?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by qalandur View Post
    Thx.
    Is 7" LEDs Flood on roof ROAD LEGAL in Pakistan?
    they are legal after mid night when traffic police is sleeping...
    boy i guess flood on roof is almost ilegal all around the world and we mostly use them on our northern area trips or for show off in town..
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    @rao bro where can i get the lights u have on ur ride in lahore??
    i need them for my prado....
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    Quote Originally Posted by haris001 View Post
    @rao bro where can i get the lights u have on ur ride in lahore??
    i need them for my prado....
    Its hit and miss bro. Unfortunately, our "supply line" is closed for a few months. Will look you up when they are available next time.


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

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    Jis ghar may jae ga raaj karay ga!Team Unimog Punga 2011 Solitude at Altitude -415539
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    and the washing line!Team Unimog Punga 2011 Solitude at Altitude -415548
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    What a picture quality man
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    seems like a Shirt but looks like a CHADDA
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    Quote Originally Posted by capsat View Post
    well said
    hahaha capsat now you getting the taste of what Team Unimog Punga is all about. Romano was sweet enough to keep our taste buds healthy throughout the trip with his magical Italian touch and fihsak was his partner in crime...
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