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    Teaser.... keep it coming

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    Bring it on guys...

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    The inspiration for this trip started a long way back, I went to Gilgit-Hunza-Skardu in May 2008 with my family, we went there by-air and explored that area on a jeep owned by Waljis-our tour operator, but on the way back from Skardu to Islamabad flight got cancelled due to weather problem, so we travelled to Gilgit to try next day flight from Gilgit to Islamabad but unfortunately no success, then the only option was by road travelling on famous KKH, finally it took us three days to reach from Skardu to Lahore, and that’s the starting point of a new story.
    <o:p></o:p>

    As a result, I decided that next time I will come to north on my own vehicle so I made the plans every year with my brother to go there again on my civic 2002,but somehow or the other the plans were unsuccessful specially due to the severe road conditions.
    <o:p></o:p>

    In February 2011, I met 4x4 club members, specially Janj (don’t have words for him, simply Big bro) on Mach1 event in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lahore</st1:place></st1:city>,discussed my passion and seeked there expert opinions, and my passion of seeking my own SUV aggravated.
    <o:p></o:p>

    At last I got my own SUV, to explore the beauty of the our beloved country by driving myself, so from May 2008 till July 2011 it’s a long journey till I finally got my hands on my first ever SUV. Thanks Allah almighty for fulfilling this beautiful dream.
    <o:p></o:p>

    This year I participated in Swat Snow rally and after travelling with experienced offroaders of 4x4 engaged I became confident that I can take my ride to anywhere up north, so I started improving my ride gradually by replacing all new shocks for the first time, the old OEM shocks did 410,000 kms (hats of to Toyota for creating wonderful and long lasting machines) and were leaked, next step was replacing all the suspension bushes and re-arching of leaf springs,then I replaced the faulty generator, for amusement on long and hectic journey I put a new CD player with USB port and got new speakers installed at the back,did thorough checkup including balancing, alignment, all filters got changed, oils replaced, brake service etc. I use to spend half of my salary on my beloved second wife (ya we consider our old SUVs as our second wives as we keep on thinking about them most of the time, how to upgrade this and that, now she has this problem now that etc.)
    <o:p></o:p>

    Finally after an year long planning and advise by our seniors (and by going through almost all the road trips/vacation threads related to northern areas on pakwheels), we started our journey to the beautiful north on August 23, 2013. <o:p></o:p>

    Sorry guys the story got quite long.

    We travelled 2700 kms in six days/seven nights from August 23 to 30, 2013 covering:

    1. Naran
    2. Babusar Top
    3. Chilas
    4. Astore/Rama
    5. Deosai
    6. Skardu/Shigar
    7. Khaplu
    8. Hunza
    9. And way back via KKH

    No of persons: 4
    Transport: Toyota Landcruiser HJ60 1989
    Fuel cost: Rs. 43,000
    Fuel consumption: 7.0 km/l average with 70% AC on
    Total trip cost: Rs. 132,000

    One of the reason how we have covered so many destinations is that we all four used to drive turn by turn, so it has made our journey more exciting and less hectic, its really a team effort.<o:p></o:p>

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    We met at our all time meeting point i.e. Caltex Thokar Niaz Beg at 0715 pm, some of our club members were there, so after small chit chat and refuelling we started our journey at 0730 pm.

    4x4Engaged? Winter is September 2013 -1283854<o:p></o:p>

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    Reached KC Grill Bhera for Dinner

    4x4Engaged? Winter is September 2013 -1283855

    4x4Engaged? Winter is September 2013 -1283856

    Let me introduce the team first:
    1. From left: Khawar Khilji (KK)
    2. Amir Hafeez (Saint20)
    3. Me: Jehanzeb Nasir (JZ)
    4. Imran (Immi Mr. DIY)<o:p></o:p>

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    So after dinner we continued our journey and reached Abbottabad around 0230 am, refuelled, and then moved towards naran, somewhere in between balakot and kaghan had a tea break and fajr prayer so the journey continued and we enjoyed early morning landscape.

    As we were approaching close to Naran, a strange noise started coming out whenever we hit some pot holes, so we stopped to figure out the problem and observed that the rear jump rod clamp has got opened so whenever we come across uneven surface jump rod strikes the rear differential therefore we became more careful so that we can reach Naran easily and get it fixed there.

    Finally we reached PTDC Naran for breakfast at 0800 am.

    After whole night travelling a short rest was mandatory.

    So after a short break we headed to a local workshop to get the clamp fixed.

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0134 zps39d43613

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    Our next milestone was Babusar Top so we hit road again at 0915 am, as we crossed PTDC we came across beautiful landscape.

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0136 zps039c9f90

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    Road from Naran to Jalkhad is amazing and its one of the most scenic area with metalled road.

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    Ahead of Jalkhad, road is under construction and Chinese Contractors are working on fast pace.

    Lulusar lake: 3,410 m (11,190 ft), is the primary source of the Kunhar River.

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0152 zps77c0d182

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    4x4 Engaged
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    Track before and after Babusar top is under construction and we have to crawl dead slow above stones with 4Lo. Weather was quite cold as we reached the top. We stopped to take pics and have cup of tea.

    Babusar top el. 4173 m./13,691 ft. is a mountain pass at the north of the 150 km. (93 miles) long Kaghan Valley connecting it via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). It is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley.

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    We have to make our entry here.

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    KK waiting for tea.

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    Security concerns, unpredictable weather, family commitments, taking leaves from the office, advises of "Not to Go" by friends and relatives and what not...

    but in the end winners were --- endless love for northern areas, passion to hit the roads, exploring and revisiting some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the earth, "The KKH- on which every time you travel; gives u a new indescribable feeling" and the team of 4 committed members of 4X4engaged?...

    scenic views, rough terrains, superb company of lovely team buddies, our tough and powerful work horse - JZ bahee’s Land Cruiser and above of all ALLAH's helping and caring hand was always with us during every mile of our journey; all sums up to an unforgettable trip.

    JZ bahee – king of patience
    Khaver Bhaee – a gem
    Immi - jack of all trades

    Don’t have words to thank you all for making my trip a memorable one and above of all bearing me during the entire trip … wish and pray to be part of many other trips with you guys; in the years to come.

    Those who cannot make this trip; really missed u guys…..

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    Just after Babusar Top track descends sharply and it was all covered by newly dumped stones, road from babusar top to chilas is in pathetic condition.

    Finally we reached Chilas at 0300 pm, a convoy of buses guarded by police mobiles came across and we reached Shangrilla Chilas for Lunch and short rest, prayer.

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0176 zps873a42a4

    Saint20 is happy as we were on time, alhamdolillah we were achieving our targets as planned by him.

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    Lovely start...excellent trip boys...loving the pics and great commentary by JZ...
    Whatever moves you...is good enough...Pakistan Zindabad!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jehanzebnasir View Post
    Ahead of Jalkhad, road is under construction and Chinese Contractors are working on fast pace.

    Lulusar lake: 3,410 m (11,190 ft), is the primary source of the Kunhar River.

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0152 zps77c0d182

    4x4Engaged? Winter in September 2013 - IMAG0155 zpsa2c1ba7c


    What a breath taking view...lovely...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jehanzebnasir View Post
    4x4 Engaged
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    Chaar bhi buhat hein :p Good show boys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jehanzebnasir View Post
    The inspiration for this trip started a long way back, I went to Gilgit-Hunza-Skardu in May 2008 with my family, we went there by-air and explored that area on a jeep owned by Waljis-our tour operator, but on the way back from Skardu to Islamabad flight got cancelled due to weather problem, so we travelled to Gilgit to try next day flight from Gilgit to Islamabad but unfortunately no success, then the only option was by road travelling on famous KKH, finally it took us three days to reach from Skardu to Lahore, and that’s the starting point of a new story.
    <o:p></o:p>

    As a result, I decided that next time I will come to north on my own vehicle so I made the plans every year with my brother to go there again on my civic 2002,but somehow or the other the plans were unsuccessful specially due to the severe road conditions.
    <o:p></o:p>

    In February 2011, I met 4x4 club members, specially Janj (don’t have words for him, simply Big bro) on Mach1 event in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lahore</st1:place></st1:city>,discussed my passion and seeked there expert opinions, and my passion of seeking my own SUV aggravated.
    <o:p></o:p>

    At last I got my own SUV, to explore the beauty of the our beloved country by driving myself, so from May 2008 till July 2011 it’s a long journey till I finally got my hands on my first ever SUV. Thanks Allah almighty for fulfilling this beautiful dream.
    <o:p></o:p>

    This year I participated in Swat Snow rally and after travelling with experienced offroaders of 4x4 engaged I became confident that I can take my ride to anywhere up north, so I started improving my ride gradually by replacing all new shocks for the first time, the old OEM shocks did 410,000 kms (hats of to Toyota for creating wonderful and long lasting machines) and were leaked, next step was replacing all the suspension bushes and re-arching of leaf springs,then I replaced the faulty generator, for amusement on long and hectic journey I put a new CD player with USB port and got new speakers installed at the back,did thorough checkup including balancing, alignment, all filters got changed, oils replaced, brake service etc. I use to spend half of my salary on my beloved second wife (ya we consider our old SUVs as our second wives as we keep on thinking about them most of the time, how to upgrade this and that, now she has this problem now that etc.)
    <o:p></o:p>

    Finally after an year long planning and advise by our seniors (and by going through almost all the road trips/vacation threads related to northern areas on pakwheels), we started our journey to the beautiful north on August 23, 2013. <o:p></o:p>

    Sorry guys the story got quite long.

    We travelled 2700 kms in six days/seven nights from August 23 to 30, 2013 covering:

    1. Naran
    2. Babusar Top
    3. Chilas
    4. Astore/Rama
    5. Deosai
    6. Skardu/Shigar
    7. Khaplu
    8. Hunza
    9. And way back via KKH

    No of persons: 4
    Transport: Toyota Landcruiser HJ60 1989
    Fuel cost: Rs. 43,000
    Fuel consumption: 7.0 km/l average with 70% AC on
    Total trip cost: Rs. 132,000

    One of the reason how we have covered so many destinations is that we all four used to drive turn by turn, so it has made our journey more exciting and less hectic, its really a team effort.<o:p></o:p>
    Lovely write up, missing you all. See you in Naran!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jehanzebnasir View Post
    We met at our all time meeting point i.e. Caltex Thokar Niaz Beg at 0715 pm, some of our club members were there, so after small chit chat and refuelling we started our journey at 0730 pm.

    4x4Engaged? Winter is September 2013 -1283854<o:p></o:p>
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