BCMTouring's Ladakh 2007 ride on the front page of NavBharat Times

Yogesh Sarkar

On the 2nd of September, when all the riders of BCMTouring’s Ladakh 2007 ride met for the first time in Manali, there was an article regarding the trip on the FRONT PAGE OF NAVBHARAT TIMES!!!

Yes that’s right, BCMTouring’s Ladakh 2007 ride managed to hit the front page of a leading Hindi Daily before it “officially” began!

Many thanks to NavBharat Times for bestowing BCMTouring with such a great honor.

Here are shots of the newspaper:

For our non Hindi speaking readers, here is the translation of the article:

Adrenaline will flow in Ladakh

No petrol pumps for 500 kms! A journey where there are no roads for 200 kms! The highest and the coldest desert of the world i.e. Ladakh is about to test the mettle of a biker group. Twelve bikers from five states of the country will be undertaking this adventurous trip in the next 17 days. The most important aspect of this expedition is that all these bikers met on an online internet forum and the whole idea of this adrenaline filled bike rally started there. All the bikers will come face-to-face in Manali on this Sunday and their journey to Ladakh will begin.

All of them met on bcmtouring.com this January and decided to explore Ladakh on their motorcycles. In this expedition, they will be passing through the Himalayan and Karakoram Ranges where there is no human settlement for miles. The season for bike tour to Ladakh lasts from June to September. Often small groups go to Ladakh during this season. However the method and the route chosen by this group is quite different from others. Moreover, such big groups hardly go to ladakh trip without a backup vehicle because it is very difficult to organize them.

A member of this group, Yogesh Sarkar says “ In this expedition we will come across an area where there will be no petrol pump for 500 Kms. En route we will be covering some of the highest passes of the world. We would also be going to Pangong Tso, which is the largest salt water lake in Asia. On the very first day we will cross Baralacha La- a pass situated at 16,500 Feet from sea surface and we will be spending the first night in Sarchu at 14,500 feet where the night temperature usually drops below zero. There is no electricity, phone, mechanic or petrol pump there”.

But one puncture can jeopardize the entire expedition. Getting a puncture fixed means back tracking for 100 to 200 kms. In such areas, scarcity of oxygen can cause ‘Acute Mountain Sickness’. Breathlessness, headache, dizziness, water retention in lungs are some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. This can even prove fatal. Even vehicles at this altitude deliver less power than usual. The areas these guys will be covering have almost no means of communication.


Active Member
Akbaar main prasthut honeka, bahut bahut haardik bhadaai ho :D

PS: the translation was very thought full :p


Congrats Team..... well done

arey bhai logo. where are the pics ](*,)..

waiting waiting waiting..... No Triplog ?

Yogesh Sarkar

Thanks guys, even though I knew the article would be coming in Navbharat Times, I didn't knew it would actually come on the main page! Fantastic surprise and just the I wanted to hear while I was on my way to meet rest of the gang in Manali.


Deepak Dongre
Wow a big article as this and right on the front page....awesome.

BTW is there some option through which I can get notified by email of any new happenings on BCMT. For eg if there is a new post or a continuation to an existing thread- can it be notified by email so that you dont actually have to go through posts to see if there is any new activity.

Yogesh Sarkar

Thanks Deepak, to get email notifications about posts from a particular topic, just choose "subscribe to this thread" under the threads tool menu.


On the next page, choose the notification type i.e. no emails (you will be able to view it under subscribed thread), instant email notification which sends you an email as soon as a new post is made, daily email notification which sends you daily updates a thread or weekly updates.

If you want to receive email updates of each and every thread you post in, then go to Edit Options in UserCP and under the Messaging & Notification, changed the Default Thread Subscription Mode to the one you want.