Bruno Baumann



Bruno Baumann

Sojourns in the Life of a Modern-Day Nomad

Bruno Baumann's travels have taken him to nearly every corner of the world. But the focus of his wanderlust has always been 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 relicts of the ancient culture of the Silk Road dating back over a thousand years.


Baumann is recognized as a foremost authority on 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 very 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 with 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 longterm project Roads of Dialogue - Silkroad experiences has been started.  The goal is to bring to life the vision of a New Silk Road by a spectacular modern cultural caravan.
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