hi everyone. please share your experience or knowledge on what is the highest point where Unimog has gone.... specially 421....
i have been through in northern Pakistan last week on my 421.129 and my friends 421.128 and we crossed 13000f above passes 4 times and highest of them all was Butogah top 14200f....
Team UNIMOG Punga in North 2010 DeeMog & BeeMog via Babusar Pass-Sheosar Lake Deosai Burzil Pass Minimerg Butogah Pass
July 15th July 21st 2010
2 Unimogs carrying 12 Jays in 7 days had most thrilling and adventurous drive of the lifetime by passing through the 4 highest motorable passes of Pakistan (4000 Meters +) which are definitely falls in the Top 15 Motorable passes of the world, Top 3 are probably in Tibet & Ladakh. Another unique achievement of the Team Unimog was that DeeMog & BeeMog were the first mogs which have visited Shoesar lake Deosai (13600 feet), the 1st mog through Burzil pass (13500 feet), Butogah Pass (14200 feet) and I am not sure about Babusar Pass (13700 feet)
Each day we had 15Hrs of drive covering 1700KM in 7 days and quarter of that mileage was off-road in low revs pulling jays on the high altitude to breath light air J & descending on the sharp curves. We descended approximately 6000 feet from Burzil Pass to Minimerg in less than 10KMs, it was the trust on mogs pulling power which kept us moving. From Minimerg onwards DeeMog only knew the way forward and there was no turning back till Islamabad J thanks to excellent turning circle of Unimog which proved enough on the sharpest of curves.
Track to Butogah was most adventurous, the valley above chilas with old gigantic maple trees on the road side was a pleasure to watch and the cold water was too good for refreshing up the jays. We started that day very late at 11:30am, SK & Asad Marwat from IJC gave us the directions, we reached Naran in the midnight and jays skipped 2 meals. Apart from thrill of off-road, while on our way up-hill to Butogah the trek was blocked by a enormous tree having atleast 2 times weight of our unimogs, which was toed and pulled by Unimog to clear the road for us & local Tractor walas carrying baraf from Butoagh to Chilass. Mog pulled that tree with an ease by displaying immense pulling power it is known for. Rainfall started when we reached Butogah summit and it continued on our drive till Naran, rain made the descend slippery and more technical and we were literally crawling on the descend and Jays were quietly enjoying the extremely cold rainy winds and on water cross (12:15am), after a 15min trek search by DeeDee, Fateh & Kashif, it went well for BeeMog but DeeMog was 200 yards back and it got deviated from the track, thanks to high air intake and it swim smoothly and followed BeeMog lights in the straight line J.
1. Adeel Khalid aka DeeDee urf Tour Operator
2. Basharat Ullah Khan aka Basheera Side Slope
3. Kashif Qayyum Khan aka Fihsak
4. Fatah Ullah Khan aka Ustaad DIY
5. Nabeel Ahmed Zafar aka Sharmindaey Tabeer
6. Malik Muhammad Umer from Media Manager
7. Shehzada Umer Naseer aka Aa ub loat chalain
8. Atta Ur Rehman aka Freeman
9. Zarar bin Zubair Mian aka Time Keeper
10. Nasir Ahmed Khan aka Acha Larka
11. Mian Zia Ul Haq aka Sakoon.com
12. Farooq Malik aka Sleeping Beauty
The chain email for K in North planning started much before the trip to decide when to go and where to go, how many KM would we be covering and what would be Unimog drive time for the same, we missed Guru Gee in the trip who was part of the planning team. Outcome of that email was a long list to prepare our mogs for North, few international forums helped us on the most critical things to do and rest was the local experience from mogging in ravi & trip to Neelam via Nurinar back in 2008. We distributed the tasks e.g. I built a Unimog toolkit which had everything we needed & DeeDee prepared a box of spare parts and each one of them was used, also a medical kit. Nabeel was taking care of food & grocery items, Janj assisted us in the tin packing of boneless chicken and aloo keema, Fatah assisted us in completing the pending jobs on Bee & Dee Mogs, hunting dala frame in the last week for DeeMog & Ustaad Pima did the magic by stitching the parachute for both the rides and we were ready to assemble on July 15th @ 0005hrs J