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    Question 4x4Engaged? Winter in September!!

    The picture below shows the upper end of an active or moving unique (Bualtar)Hopar Glacier. Unique? where human life is found above Glacier. Because of constant breaking of ice the glacier is moving right along at about 8 inches per day. The glacier is approximate 20km long in distance. Take with you your best gripping shoes because the surface is very slippery.
    The melt waters fall into the hydro power station, and then carve a constantly changing path & merge with Hispar water & finally into Hunza River.
    I visited this Glacier back in 2002 with my wife & same was witnessed by 4x4 Engaged? the unspoiled beauty of Pakistan in September 2011.
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    4x4Engaged? Winter in September!! - IMG 0304 2

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    oye bhai yeh NEXT kab aeyga....
    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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    waiting for next

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    and waiting and waiting
    Winning always is not always victory,loosing sometimes is not sometimes defeat

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    Wink Waisey .... aik bhee bohat hai!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    oye bhai yeh NEXT kab aeyga....


    I am tau... enjoying thoroughly, baba!

    ....and BTW XJ is XJ! ...and XJ+FJ40 is a killer combo!

    Thanks again Janj, for styling and sharing this!
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    @ Janj. Boss excellent video, very passionately done. Mega Thumbs Up.
    it was "Styled by Janj", what more can anyone say!!!!

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    Default 1080 HD @ Rockaposhi !

    ...aur GoPro kee kyaa baat! Kya kehney!

    ....and this song by these new chaps is very, very good too!
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    And so we moved on after enjoying the new found luxuries and coke.

    On the way to chillas, DD told us about a good workshop named ‘Mohammad Shafi workshop’ and recommended us to get our vehicles checked there before moving further. The hospitality of these guys was AMAZING! They didn’t charge anything even upon continuous requests. One of the guys also went to buy oil with us, since we didn’t know where the shops were.

    XJ got looked at and looked at only as most of the tools needed to work on XJ were not available at the workshop, suspension and steering were good.

    FJ also got its oil levels topped up, its transmission drank 2 liters of transmission oil which took quite some time since they didn’t have a gun and used a 1.5L bottle with a thin pipe attached. Suspension, steering and other mechanicals were good.

    It was around 7:15 PM when we left the workshop and our travel on KKH started. KKH was a nightmare for both us and the vehicles. The road is under construction and they have stripped every bit of it. We were tired and the road wasn’t helping at all.

    After a few hours of driving at 15 km/h, we crossed Raikot Bridge and after a few more hours we found the much needed ‘Tatta Pani’. While we had a good laugh and were refreshed automatically, please note that it is Tatta Pani, not Tatta Pani. I hope you’re getting my point

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September!! - IMG 0191


    (DAY FOUR OF THE TRIP HAS STARTED)


    After few hours of more driving on a slightly better road, we reached the turn on the right which led to Astore. This was someplace where none of us had been before; that too at night. We didn’t know how deep the valley is, or how deep the waterfall is going as it was heard by us throughout the way. We were in Astore Bazaar at around 12:30AM and the climb to Astore bazaar was amazing in its own way that we needed low range gearing to climb up comfortably. There was only one shop open and we asked for directions to a good hotel. When we reached the ‘good hotel’ which was named ‘Kamran Hotel’ we saw a board saying PTDC Rama 11km. There we decided to goto PTDC Rama instead of staying in Astore.

    We moved up where the board pointed and unfortunately this was the only board there for directions to PTDC Rama. GPS wasn’t showing any roads or offroad tracks, it was so late that no one could be seen there. We reached a point where there was a Y junction, left was a dead end and the right was looking like an offroad track. Janj and company moved ahead while we waited behind and this was a track which wasn’t made for a vehicle, it was there to be walked on to get to the paved road which led to Rama. Since they didn’t know and were on it - couldn’t also take a U-Turn, 4LO engaged, they did reach the paved road and came back to us from the same track. In meanwhile Noms and I drove a little back to see if we could find any boards but instead we found a baba jee who was passing by. He told us the way to Rama PTDC and we called Janj and company and awaited their arrival at the turn which led to PTDC Rama.

    More coming soon...

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    Awesome trip... nice capturing... waiting for Pics?
    Be nice to the ppl while going up.. you might meet them on your way down

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    very well written syncy... 2 thumbs up laalaas
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    very well written syncy... 2 thumbs up laalaas
    Thanks DD

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    Exclamation Thank You!!

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    DeeDee[/B];3016119]another excellent styling by Janj.... maza aagaya yaar...
    i am honoured to watch the premier show of this VDO ...
    WIS team ki Jayho....
    Thanks Country boy, thx for coming after a long tiring day.

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    saint20[/B];3016123]janj...too good video and nicely compiled with a lovely song


    Thank you Amir bhai.

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    accord7362[/B];3016155]What a beautiful & soft production from a hard core adventurer
    Quote Originally Posted by [B

    Sir G out class , lovely sharing ,literally fell asleep


    Thank you Sir G


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    nOmS6[/B];3016226]yar JanJ, kyon marna hai hum log ko ? itna kamal ? !
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    first time hearing this beautiful song and on such an amazing video compilation ! uff !! bro am mesmerized, lost in the beauty of this video, in the memory of WIS.


    I am a fan of your work but this one is now my favourite


    The effort that must have gone into it. Heroic dedication I must say. A wonderful gift. Thank you. kasam say !!


    Thanks noms, what a song & difficult one to work on. Night pictures are really not easy to handle. Part II Yes or no?

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    baburawan[/B];3016260]
    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    Aala Bohat Aala Video...


    Thanks


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    salman7[/B];3016268]great


    Thank you

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    Yaaar bohat aalaaa compilation.how may pics are there in total?


    Thx Bug
    More then 800 Pictures, 5GB+ data, 3 X time lapse of approximate 6 hrs. Total working hrs on video making is 14 hrs in 3 days.


    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    mojquresh[/B]i;3016474]Great Video


    Thx Mojo


    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    SuhaibKiani[/B];3016593]Amazing video Janj! GoPro khappay!

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    SuhaibKiani[/B];3016618]Amazing to see the 1080HD version on Fullscreen! Janj, Please also put this up on FB in high res! Amazing work! Nice selection of music too (for a change
    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    ) Ah lets have another go!

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    SuhaibKiani;[/B]3018648]
    Quote Originally Posted by [B


    I am tau... enjoying thoroughly, baba!

    ....and BTW XJ is XJ! ...and XJ+FJ40 is a killer combo!

    Thanks again Janj, for styling and sharing this!


    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    SuhaibKiani[/B];3018671]...aur GoPro kee kyaa baat! Kya kehney!
    Quote Originally Posted by [B


    ....and this song by these new chaps is very, very good too!


    SK thanks for the appreciation & sharing the link at your FB wall, this is all any one needed to do more.
    Well GoPro is a amazing camera all in one. HD with water proof casing, a special casing door if you are going below100 miles & long list. Still trying to understand the features.
    Facebook only allows to paste a link or you can upload the quality FB allows, so its better to click watch on youtube on FB link.

    Since the J is common in both XJ & FJ it is a killer combo.

    Glad you liked the Music selection this time well a keyboard session on Yamaha PSR-1000 & you on Guitar is still pending.


    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    syncview[/B];3016686]Amazing compilation
    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    Janj!


    Thx boy, due to your amazing pictures.

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    Stone[/I];3016730]Great vedio and thread keeps on getting better every single day with twist's and surpise's.
    Quote Originally Posted by [I


    Superb job guys keep it up we wanna see more


    Thanks Stone really missed you & your vehicle which was fully prepared for this trip.



    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    raohamid[/B];3016888]Awesome, awesome video Laalay Janj!
    Quote Originally Posted by [B


    I think this is perhaps your best work so far. You are turning to a videographer!


    Jeetay raho dost.


    Rao.


    Lalay, song lyrics Haulay haulay raatoon ko, Chupkay say a ja ray needs something very different which i tried in this video. Made 10 Version of Styled by Janj & the one uploaded is the one Janj's liked

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    Basharatu[/B];3017022]Absolutely, best videographer in 4x4 community!


    Thanks for the compliment Bash.

    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    hotice819[/B];3018655]@ Janj. Boss excellent video, very passionately done. Mega Thumbs Up.
    Quote Originally Posted by [B

    it was "Styled by Janj", what more can anyone say!!!!


    A better Styled by Janj then the last one is getting difficult now on HP Pavillion 6500
    . Thanks boy.




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    We amused ourselves quite a bit over "Tatta Pani" written so loud on the road. Funny how someone would translate Sulphur springs to tatta pani. The pani must have been very tatta at that time, i guess

    We had been on road mostly since the rain at Jalkhad that morning. The couple of hours at Chilas made quite a difference and so did the above.

    The road up Astore seemed very off road at that time in night. Following XJ was a relief. Easier, knowing where and how much to turn on a mountain road. We stopped at a couple of springs to refresh, splashing eyes with water to be alert. Yes, there was cold 'pani' flowing on that road as well
    The road wouldn't let us go fast. It was not good at all in the start. Could hear water flowing nearby, hmm.. how far below is it? drop from this road, well.. duh.. I couldn't see !!
    The road wouldn't leave a chance of getting narrower. I would look at Sync looking down the dark drop and not saying a word, XJ would slow down or turn and go out of sight for a moment. Road would incline such that until you climb on it you wouldn't know which way it is leading. All this happening in the dark of the night. Well, determined to reach Rama, as was our actual plan, Astore was seeming very far at that time.


    Ha Ha ! and that waiting in the 'sunsaan' Astore Bazar for XJ people. Hooooo ka Alam ! Sync and I prepared that we will be mobbed, trying to figure out voices of the night, looking out for dogs, comparing light from torches, hoping the directions from Baba Jee were correct and XJ guys were aiight, were waiting for their return.

    Astore sounds like another town of North but is actually a district. Rama is within Astore. Some 11 Kms from the main Astore bazar, in which we were standing at that hour and would discover the true life of, in the morning at Rama.

    Yes I wonder, why none of us took any pictures of this segment. Why ? !
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    Default Where is PTDC Rama? + 11km in three hours.

    ....It was pitch dark and as we moved further according to the babajee’s given directions, we were welcomed by Ms. Confusion part one – one way was going uphill, another downhill. Team Cherokee chose downhill.

    It was getting narrower and then we could hear the waterfall as if it was just besides us, freaking us out even more.
    XJ led the way with Aamir bhai using Lightforce to see the curves and depths or inclines ahead, beforehand. We met Ms. Confusion part two – same thing, this time team Cherokee chose to go uphill and we (in FJ) followed.

    After about 8kms of driving we were greeted by Ms. Confusion part three – a T-junction – left or right? – Team Cherokee checked right first and decided to go left as they could see tire tracks of vehicles on that track.

    So after driving and dealing with Ms. Confusion part one, two and three for a total of 9 kms now, FJ lost its clutch and my pithi blasted for the first time on the trip. Noms and I secured the FJ and checked to see that the oil was leaking, we couldn’t figure out that from where and why so we topped it up, started the engine up and in a few seconds we lost clutch again. Noms decided to put it in 1st gear and started the car in gear and so we covered the remaining distance in 1stL.
    Moving slowly, FJ leading now, managing sharp turns and curves smoothly, we were quite near to PTDC Rama as our GPS showed. We met Ms. Confusion Part four, Noms stopped the FJ…

    FJ ON FIRE

    …. Just as he turned the engine off, team Cherokee ran onto us with Imran holding a bottle of water and shouting that your car is on fire as they could see a huge cloud of smoke, coming out from the hood.
    We quickly opened the hood and could see no fire; Noms shouted that he has a fire extinguisher! Smoke went away and our brains took their positions back. It was the clutch oil which was burned by the right exhaust-bank when Noms pressed the clutch (by habit).

    Ms. Confusion part four was the last confusion (while driving). Another go left or go right? Anyways, Noms started the FJ in gear and moved on to right, we could see quite a big ground and thanks to GPS we knew that we’re going further away from the PTDC. We used the ground to turn around; as soon as we did we saw a straight path and a board saying PTDC Rama... We moved another circle to confirm and then we literally FLEW into the parking and turned the monsters off. Monsters – literally.

    It was about 3:30 AM - We laughed, cracked jokes, stretched our legs and moved to the reception to find that it was closed. Every entrance was closed. We went around the back and could see nothing, could find no one. We came back to the parking stayed still for a few mins and then…


    DETECTIVE NOMS


    … Noms decided to go and try again, I joined him… He started following some wires which led us to a satellite dish. We followed the wires other way around to find out that they were going inside the hotel and we couldn’t find a way in, peeking into the windows and doors to no avail. We went to the back side again, Noms found another set of wires which led us to a generator which was in a room with some people sleeping. Pithi Blasted but we still woke one of them up. Although we woke him at an odd time of night, he was kind and very welcoming. We got a room, moved our bags in there and now it was time to eat something.

    The guy said there is nothing available except some eggs and bread. He led us into the kitchen and had almost everything available to make a good omelet.


    CHEF NOMS

    Noms cut the vegetables and prepared the mixture, while the hotel guy made tea for us. He sliced the bread, omelet was ready and we ‘toasted’ the slices on the pan. We had an awesome omelet with nice tea which brought us back to life.



    .. Tomorrow, we goto Rama Lake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOmS6 View Post
    We amused ourselves quite a bit over "Tatta Pani" written so loud on the road. Funny how someone would translate Sulphur springs to tatta pani. The pani must have been very tatta at that time, i guess

    We had been on road mostly since the rain at Jalkhad that morning. The couple of hours at Chilas made quite a difference and so did the above.

    The road up Astore seemed very off road at that time in night. Following XJ was a relief. Easier, knowing where and how much to turn on a mountain road. We stopped at a couple of springs to refresh, splashing eyes with water to be alert. Yes, there was cold 'pani' flowing on that road as well
    The road wouldn't let us go fast. It was not good at all in the start. Could hear water flowing nearby, hmm.. how far below is it? drop from this road, well.. duh.. I couldn't see !!
    The road wouldn't leave a chance of getting narrower. I would look at Sync looking down the dark drop and not saying a word, XJ would slow down or turn and go out of sight for a moment. Road would incline such that until you climb on it you wouldn't know which way it is leading. All this happening in the dark of the night. Well, determined to reach Rama, as was our actual plan, Astore was seeming very far at that time.


    Ha Ha ! and that waiting in the 'sunsaan' Astore Bazar for XJ people. Hooooo ka Alam ! Sync and I prepared that we will be mobbed, trying to figure out voices of the night, looking out for dogs, comparing light from torches, hoping the directions from Baba Jee were correct and XJ guys were aiight, were waiting for their return.

    Astore sounds like another town of North but is actually a district. Rama is within Astore. Some 11 Kms from the main Astore bazar, in which we were standing at that hour and would discover the true life of, in the morning at Rama.

    Yes I wonder, why none of us took any pictures of this segment. Why ? !

    Couldn't be put in a better way!

    And it was so dark that pictures would have been very err, dark I must say

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    This is an exceptionally superb thread of the season and probably among the best on Pakwheels mostly because of excellently narrated chronology topped up with intuitively captivating photography.

    And now we have about a dozen excellent adventure photographers among us.

    Thanx to the great guys for putting it all together. Without even taking names, I'm sure you all know whom I'm referring to.

    A humble admirer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syncview View Post
    ....It was pitch dark and as we moved further according to the babajee’s given directions, we were welcomed by Ms. Confusion part one – one way was going uphill, another downhill. Team Cherokee chose downhill.

    It was getting narrower and then we could hear the waterfall as if it was just besides us, freaking us out even more.
    XJ led the way with Aamir bhai using Lightforce to see the curves and depths or inclines ahead, beforehand. We met Ms. Confusion part two – same thing, this time team Cherokee chose to go uphill and we (in FJ) followed.

    After about 8kms of driving we were greeted by Ms. Confusion part three – a T-junction – left or right? – Team Cherokee checked right first and decided to go left as they could see tire tracks of vehicles on that track.

    So after driving and dealing with Ms. Confusion part one, two and three for a total of 9 kms now, FJ lost its clutch and my pithi blasted for the first time on the trip. Noms and I secured the FJ and checked to see that the oil was leaking, we couldn’t figure out that from where and why so we topped it up, started the engine up and in a few seconds we lost clutch again. Noms decided to put it in 1st gear and started the car in gear and so we covered the remaining distance in 1stL.
    Moving slowly, FJ leading now, managing sharp turns and curves smoothly, we were quite near to PTDC Rama as our GPS showed. We met Ms. Confusion Part four, Noms stopped the FJ…

    FJ ON FIRE

    …. Just as he turned the engine off, team Cherokee ran onto us with Imran holding a bottle of water and shouting that your car is on fire as they could see a huge cloud of smoke, coming out from the hood.
    We quickly opened the hood and could see no fire; Noms shouted that he has a fire extinguisher! Smoke went away and our brains took their positions back. It was the clutch oil which was burned by the right exhaust-bank when Noms pressed the clutch (by habit).

    Ms. Confusion part four was the last confusion (while driving). Another go left or go right? Anyways, Noms started the FJ in gear and moved on to right, we could see quite a big ground and thanks to GPS we knew that we’re going further away from the PTDC. We used the ground to turn around; as soon as we did we saw a straight path and a board saying PTDC Rama... We moved another circle to confirm and then we literally FLEW into the parking and turned the monsters off. Monsters – literally.

    It was about 3:30 AM - We laughed, cracked jokes, stretched our legs and moved to the reception to find that it was closed. Every entrance was closed. We went around the back and could see nothing, could find no one. We came back to the parking stayed still for a few mins and then…


    DETECTIVE NOMS


    … Noms decided to go and try again, I joined him… He started following some wires which led us to a satellite dish. We followed the wires other way around to find out that they were going inside the hotel and we couldn’t find a way in, peeking into the windows and doors to no avail. We went to the back side again, Noms found another set of wires which led us to a generator which was in a room with some people sleeping. Pithi Blasted but we still woke one of them up. Although we woke him at an odd time of night, he was kind and very welcoming. We got a room, moved our bags in there and now it was time to eat something.

    The guy said there is nothing available except some eggs and bread. He led us into the kitchen and had almost everything available to make a good omelet.


    CHEF NOMS

    Noms cut the vegetables and prepared the mixture, while the hotel guy made tea for us. He sliced the bread, omelet was ready and we ‘toasted’ the slices on the pan. We had an awesome omelet with nice tea which brought us back to life.



    .. Tomorrow, we goto Rama Lake!

    No doubt the two guys at first night at RAMA were exceptional....the PTDC host guy (sorry i forgot the name) and FJ40 cook (and driver too); Mr Nooms; dear Nooms i still remember that delecious dinner you prepared at 30 Am after all the tough terrains and DIYs as i was not able to move an inch except for the dinner ...love you man...love u all WIS team...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareen View Post
    This is an exceptionally superb thread of the season and probably among the best on Pakwheels mostly because of excellently narrated chronology topped up with intuitively captivating photography.

    And now we have about a dozen excellent adventure photographers among us.

    Thanx to the great guys for putting it all together. Without even taking names, I'm sure you all know whom I'm referring to.

    A humble admirer.

    Thank you ! Thank you ! Tareen bhai your admiration means a lot!
    Taking time and effort to make such trips is one thing and IMHO the better part is sharing it with people who would understand the effort, can appreciate it.

    It gives us great pleasure in bringing to you our beautiful Pakistan as seen by our camera lens. At least the parts, where we have been lucky enough to reach and admire.

    Keep watching sir! the best is yet to come


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    Default Excellent work boy!!!

    I must say this is the best thread so far. The narration is wholesome with pictures of the places. I really enjoy syncs style of adding the comedy touch and then noms ka solid addition in reply to syncs post. And then janj's surprises with video presentations.
    Hats off to you guys!! Really shows how much you enjoyed the trip and each others company

    Waiting for more!!!!
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