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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


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    Lightbulb Chipped DeeMog

    story of chipped DeeMog:
    as soon as we got onto the motorway.... we were in rally mode and break our previous record of 84.13kmph.... new record set as 85.46kmph
    soon i notice flame of a feet from DeeMogs exhaut.... i wirelessed Guru G to reconfirm as Tora Bora is behind DeeMog.... Guru G confirmed postive on flame and we stopped... after few minutes we again get onto our rides with a mutual statement "DeeMog is Chipped" ....

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    excellent Guru G and its working fine.... go ahead with new viched uploading

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    tea break at Abotabad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    story of chipped DeeMog:
    as soon as we got onto the motorway.... we were in rally mode and break our previous record of 84.13kmph.... new record set as 85.46kmph
    soon i notice flame of a feet from DeeMogs exhaut.... i wirelessed Guru G to reconfirm as Tora Bora is behind DeeMog.... Guru G confirmed postive on flame and we stopped... after few minutes we again get onto our rides with a mutual statement "DeeMog is Chipped" ....

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    Oh that was fun. I've never seen flames coming out of an exhaust quite like that. I have seen flames coming out of Tora Bora when it ran extremely rich, but never in huge goblets.

    Chipped she was.

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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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    reached Balakot... refueling done...

    @raohamid.... please update travel time from Islamabad to Abotabad to Balakot..


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    She did put her money through the paces.

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    The best light I've ever used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    That's correct sir. You were gracious enough to say hello. In hindsight, we should have just all packed up and moved on together, would have been a nice little formation.

    Rao.
    well it would have been much more fun with u guys but on this expedition i traveled with my family
    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    Posted on this page was a section on refueling. This is where the first DIY took place.
    We filled Tora Bora (blue Pajero) up to the brim, only to notice that whatever fuel was being topped up was dripping down the tank and getting wasted on the floor. It is then that we realized that I had changed a fuel pump recently, and the mechanic has used Silicon to seal the tank from the pump entry. Note to self, petrol and silicon equals not such a happy marriage.

    So a couple of things were done by Bash and Kashif, they undid the entrance to the fuel tank, and used Magic to seal as much as possible. When the magic dried, they applied Silicon on top to ensure a lasting bond. Little did we know that it wouldn't work for the rest of the trip. I hate Islamabad mechanics!!!

    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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    Arrow Behind the Scene! The last-minute wrangling

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    Amazing Thread. Rao bhai... Stunning photography, lovely narration.. This stuff is enough to be a website in itself. Hats off to Team Unimog for such an amazing trip.
    Guys.. I am utterly impressed (as usual)
    Thank you for sharing
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    ^^ Always a surprise with Janj

    Rao.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsankiani View Post
    Amazing Thread. Rao bhai... Stunning photography, lovely narration.. This stuff is enough to be a website in itself. Hats off to Team Unimog for such an amazing trip.
    Guys.. I am utterly impressed (as usual)
    Thank you for sharing
    Ehsan

    Doc, thanks very much. It truly was an amazing trip. Months of planning, but we were at mother nature's mercy. Thanks again bro.

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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 ajab9007 View Post
    well it would have been much more fun with u guys but on this expedition i traveled with my family

    Then hats off to you sir! That's great, wish I could have brought along my family.

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    Smile aligned not aligned,aligned not aligned,aligned not aligned,

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    ^^^^ Lovely subject Janj. Lol!

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    Guys a string of shots coming up in 30 minutes.

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    crossing land slide area... yes land slide was active due to rain... we had to take offroad track down along the river to cross this area because the usuall crossing was closed because of heavy mud slide...
    out of a frying pan into the fire.... a big stone hit my rear wheel during crossing.... all safe Alhamdulillah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Posted on this page was a section on refueling. This is where the first DIY took place.
    We filled Tora Bora (blue Pajero) up to the brim, only to notice that whatever fuel was being topped up was dripping down the tank and getting wasted on the floor. It is then that we realized that I had changed a fuel pump recently, and the mechanic has used Silicon to seal the tank from the pump entry. Note to self, petrol and silicon equals not such a happy marriage.

    So a couple of things were done by Bash and Kashif, they undid the entrance to the fuel tank, and used Magic to seal as much as possible. When the magic dried, they applied Silicon on top to ensure a lasting bond. Little did we know that it wouldn't work for the rest of the trip. I hate Islamabad mechanics!!!

    Rao.
    it was no surprise to me and Bash as we know no one can cross Naran without a DIY if hes crossing Naran the first time.... in 2008 BeeMog had a high temperature and in 2010 DeeMog fired up ... we were actually mentally preparing Guru G for it....
    in the end good job by Bash and Kashif

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    Wow! I didn't notice the immense effort that went into this! I think I was running away trying to smoke!

    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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