ABOUT EPIK ENCOUNTER

Hos geldiniz! Welcome to Eastern Turkey – a beautiful region with amazing sights, some known and others waiting to be discovered. As one of the only foreign-owned travel companies in the area, we want to introduce this majestic place to explorers and adventurers near and far. From the historical heritage of the ancient churches in the Georgian Valley to the Ishik Pasha Palace in Dogubeyzit to the stunning vistas of Mt. Ararat, Epik Encounter will provide customized and packaged tours that meet your budget and give you the experience of a lifetime.

For us this is more than just a job, we choose to live in this area because we believe in what we are doing and are passionate about adventure and experiential learning.

- Dave, Matt, and Sam (Owners and Operators of Epik Encounter)

VISION

To make life matter to people by giving them opportunities to experience and grow through adventure.

MISSION

To provide a quality adventure travel experience that contributes to transformation in themselves and Eastern Turkey.

VALUES

  • Transformation: Our passion is to facilitate a journey that will have a positive and permanent imprint on life both personally and in the community, leading to betterment as a person and leader.
  • Security Our standard is to give our clients assurance for their safety while fulfilling their desire for risk and curiosity.
  • Quality: We believe that in paying attention to detail and providing excellent service to our customers it will add value to the overall experience. We strive to communicate promptly and listen intently, showing our client our integrity and high standards.

Our Staff

  • Matt Braun

    General Director

    Matt has done a wide range of adventure activities. He has climbed a number of the peaks in the Canadian Rockies and biked some of the major routes through these mountains. Matt has his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and has specialized in community revitalization and water treatment. Matt has been involved in many media development projects including production and editing of a globally aired Turkish television show. His wife Ruth is an accomplished writer and will be helping out the team through marketing and development of social media like Facebook and blogging.

    Matt Braun

  • David Berg

    Program Development Director

    David Berg is passionate about both team and individual sports, and has been involved as a player and coach. After college, he helped coach the collage men’s Volleyball team, where he won the coach of the year award. He is currently completing his NCCP (National coaching certificate program), which will allow him to coach at a certified level. He was involved in camping for many years where he helped instruct activities such as wall climbing, canoeing, and outdoor adventure.

    David Berg

  • Sam Oommen

    Storytelling Director

    Sam Oommen has traveled to over 35 countries and enjoys tourism and hospitality. With an MBA in global economic development he has been involved in a variety of international settings doing business and community development. He was involved in starting up Red Moon Bakery, which is a thriving business of 27 employees and 2 locations in New Delhi, India. His wife Bindu is a CPA and worked with Deloitte and Touche and PriceWaterhouseCoopers doing auditing. She will be involved with the financial aspects of our business like bookkeeping.

    Sam Oommen

  • Andrew Nolte

    Central Turkey Area Manager

    Andrew grew up in the Pacific Northwest skiing, hiking and just generally living in the Rocky Mountains on the Canadian and US West coast. He loves exploring the wilderness of different countries and seeing the diversity that this world offers. He is thrill seeker who enjoys jumping out of airplanes and off of mountains. He has a passion for cultures, experiencing their foods and the local people’s stories. Currently he enjoys drinking tea with the locals and exploring the diverse landscape that central turkey offers.

    Andrew Nolte