Like during all our trips we met so very interesting people. In Turtuk we befriended Anne & Yann, a French couple who was travelling on public transport through Ladakh. On the particular day we met them, Yann had traveled on the roof of a bus carrying 60 people. Why he was on the roof? The bus had only 23 seats!
We soon started exchanging travel stories and decided to travel the Tso Kar & Tso Moriri together. Apart from enjoying our company, the other reason why Anne & Yann opted for private transport in this area of Ladakh was that they would have to wait 7 days (!) for the bus back to Leh or hike 75 kilometers back to the main road…
A Spanish couple we chatted with returned to Ladakh, because their trip in 2010 was cut short after the disastrous mudslide in Leh and serious flooding in the Nubra Valley. They also had quite a few stories to tell.
And there was Luc, our travel companion from Belgium. He joined us for the trip from Leh to the Nubra Valley. Sharing the jeep with a third person cut expenses considerably. Widely travelled he was and could tell us what the other side of the mountains was like. He had visited the area 15 years ago, when travelling Pakistan was less worrisome.