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As a modern-day nomad, keynote speaker Bruno Baumann has uncovered the far corners of the world. His travels have brought him great insight and unforgettable experiences, which he shares with audiences during enticing keynotes. His travels have brought him across desserts, through valleys and into the arms of foreign cultures, and these findings make for unique stories of ancient culture, that before have been unknown to mankind.
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Bruno Baumann lives and works as a writer, filmmaker and photojournalist in Munich, Germany. His travels and adventures take him to remote regions of the world. He wanders the world and the vast expanses of nature in search of new encounters and to establish dialog with other cultures.
In his books, films and lectures he skilfully weaves personal experience and in-depth knowledge into suspense-filled tales of real-life adventure. For Baumann, it’s not so much about thrill-seeking and setting records, but rather his own intellectual curiosity that drives him to explore the secrets our world holds in his quest to find answers to the fundamental questions of life.
Bruno Baumann’s travels have taken him to nearly every corner of the world. But his wanderlust has always been focused on Tibet and the deserts of Asia. In 1989, he trekked through the Taklamakan, a vast sea of sand in western China known as the dreaded “Desert of Death”. Here he encountered remainders of the ancient culture of the Silk Road dating back over a thousand years.
Baumann is recognized as authority in Tibet and the Himalayan region. His book classics, The Gods Will Triumph and Mustang – The Hidden Kingdom in the Himalayas, portray not only the rich spiritual heritage of these highly advanced cultures, but also present the current political situation and its consequences.
One of his most challenging projects was the 1993 expedition into the Tibesti mountains, a region of profound isolation in northern Chad. Apart from exploring spectacular natural wonders such as giant craters and lake regions, he was also the first to successfully scale peaks in the Sahara’s highest mountain range. The return journey across Sudan and Egypt turned into a dramatic desert odyssey.
In 1994, he led a team of 15 men and 30 camels on the first expedition to successfully cross the heart of the Gobi Desert on foot. Accompanied by a camera crew and reporter from the German news magazine “Der Spiegel,” the expedition was conduced as an official UNESCO research project to explore the Silk Road culture.
In the fall of 1996, Bruno Baumann returned to the Gobi to make a daring attempt to cross its 300-mile heartland alone on foot. His highly publicized solo attempt ended in failure after just 4 days and 75 miles, when he ran out of water and nearly died of thirst.
In 2000, Baumann became the second man in over a century to trek across the infamous Taklamakan desert in Central Asia, when he re-created the ill-fated 1895 expedition of the famous Swedish explorer Sven Hedin. Baumann uncovered startling new findings about Hedin’s legendary expedition, but nearly paid for it with his life when his own caravan met a similar disaster.
In October 2003, he made history by being the first man who crossed the sandy heart of the Gobi desert solo on foot. This one-man expedition marked the ultimate step in his desert quests.
During the project called “In Search of Shangri-La” he found in May 2004 relics of the ancient Kingdom of Shang Shung, which so far has been believed to be solely legendary. He also became the first man ever to raft the Sutley gorge in far western Tibet
In 2010, the long-term project Roads of Dialogue – Silkroad experiences was started. The goal is still to bring to life the vision of a New Silk Road by a spectacular modern cultural caravan.
In regards to Bruno’s personal life he was born in Leibnitz (Austria), and is now currently living in Munich. After graduating from high school he studied history and ethnology at the universities of Graz and Munich. Since 1985 Bruno Baumann has been living in Munich and travelling the vast regions of the world.
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