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    Exclamation Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter (snow)

    Folks, this winter i went to Abbottabad with family/ little kids and never actually had a plan to venture any major snow terrain; however, just to have a slight taste of snow we made a plan to go to Nathigali from Abbottabad on 6th Feb 2014. It is worth mentioning that it was raining in Abbottabad for the last 12 hours so we had this apprehension that we may come across live snowfall too in addition to snow embankments on both sides of road. However, despite being ill equipped for the snow travel we left and trust me what we came across was never anticipated and the extent of which words alone can never explain. One more thing you need to bear in mind is the gradient of Nathigali from Abbottabad is very steep as compared from Murree, going up and getting down in snow can be a major scare. The snaps taken at the occassion are entailed as an eye opener so you must never understimate the nature:


    The one below is the stage where the 4x4 simply was not able to go on "unchained". 4x4 was simply able to hold the vehicle at the gradient and once acceleration was applied, the vehicle was simply swinging sideways.



    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357093




    This is another view of the spot where we were stuck at such gradient that even turning back was not the option as it could have just helped in slipping. But out of nowhere we were lucky to find a guy who was doing the rent-a-chain business, ofcourse he had small chains for cars, but he doubled them and we were able to chain our two tyres diagonally. And from there on we moved and moved till we found a level ground to take a u-turn, which was in Nathiagali.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357095


    Checking the chains integrity as you can see the intensity of snow is on the rise.

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    Finally our level ground and the snowfall was turning into a blizzard.


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    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357098


    Snow at its best!!!!!


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    This double cabin tripped in front of our eyes even with the chains on. However, fortunately it hit the snow embankment and stopped with no major loss.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357101


    Helping the people by simply letting them pass on clear track...

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357100


    Finally landed on earth....and trust me the vehicle covered with snow explains all as to what we went through. though we enjoyed at the end of the day but trust me you must be careful while venturing any terrain thought to be easy as the nature can prove you wrong at any given instance.

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357102


    Happy viewing. Thank you.

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    Nice info and thank god you arrived safely
    Btw, was it a diesel or petrol suv?
    Turbo lag is like foreplay. You know it's coming. And it's gonna be good.

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    Thanks man, and its a diesel variant (1kz-te) and i think that is why it probably never stalled on such terrain.

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    Cool. My dream is to drive to there, but not in snow. Imma start panicking lol.
    Turbo lag is like foreplay. You know it's coming. And it's gonna be good.

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    well best wishes for your dream to come true at an earliest...:-)

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    Vigo, 90 series prado both lack Lsd, diff-locks and traction control due to this at extreme situations even with 4x4 engaged they will keep spinning tires and vehicle just slips... with chains this problem can be over come till an extent.
    RIP

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    yea, quite right to an extent, i believe even the diff locking vehicle on such curvy track/ sharp inclines would not have helped unless chained, rest indeed a simple 4x4 is little handicapped.

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    Few 90 series do have lockers or something but only come active if selected low range.
    RIP

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    Despite all the problems you went through; the pictures look beautiful. They can be used as a promotion for Toyota's off-road vehicles without explaining the context ;-)

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    :-) well said and am totally convinced. since a long time now I am looking forward to some contact where I actually can send pics like these cuz have got a decent # of good pics in extreme outdoors.

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    Share those here please if possible.

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    nice pics
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    Very intresting & informative. The Pics say it all !!

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    Good show... always go prepared wherever you go..

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357210

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    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357211

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    Great show sir but there has to be a difference b/w a solo flier & a club flier..... :-)

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    Always make preparations before driving in the snow. Failing to do so puts your lives and lives of others at risk. Once the car loses traction on the snow and skids, you have absolutely no control over where it will go. The heavier the vehicle, the more dangerous it is.

    I've been to Nathia Gali and even Thandiani in the snowfall, I always had an extra set of tires all chained up and ready to be deployed along with a shovel and a towing rope. Also have extra manpower at hand in case you run into trouble. A family with kids can do little to if the car gets stuck.
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    This happened on our trip to Kalam with on February 02-05, 2013, it was unbelievable for me when I looked outside the hotel window my ride was covered with 2-3 ft snow all around even the mighty tires i.e. 31" were hardly visible simply OMG

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    Another solo flight to Chitral via Lowari tunnel in extreme weather condition/ road terrain....as long as this thread is taking a new turn so i believe more to be shared for the viewing pleasure of viewers....the snap below is the road to Malamjabba.

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    the extent of snow....and hats off to the engineering core for cleaning up
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    beautiful Pakistan!!!!
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    the road to Lowari tunnel, a treat for the ourdoor enthusiasts....

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    Extreme slippery/ wet conditions & this vehicle due to its diff lock went all the way thru unchained...

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    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357599
    A screenshot take!!!

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    the horrifying 7.8km's death tunnel begins.....just to update ppl, its revamping is underway and it shall be officially/ properly opened for public by the end of 2016 as of now its all about slush, potholes & smoke fumes.

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    Night falls after the tunnel....
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    The machine doing all this, special recognition must be bestowed upon the real performer :-)

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    Happy viewing. tnx
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