Human Powered Circumnavigation of the World
Nexus Expedition began in February 2005 at Knik Lake in Alaska. Dimitri Kieffer competed in the Iditarod Invitational Race, traveling 1,100 miles in 37 days by foot and snowshoe from Knik Lake to Nome.

From this beginning, Dimitri would embark on a human-powered journey to circumnavigate the world, proceeding in stages, according to local visa restrictions and weather conditions.

As of Dec 2021, Dimitri has already covered 35,00 kms (19,890 miles) on his Nexus Expedition route from Anchorage, Alaska to Mangochi, Malawi.

The first major leg was covered trekking, swimming, skiing and rowing across Alaska, the Bering Strait and Chukotka (Russia). His Russian wife Gulnara Kieffer joined him at that point, and they cycled together through Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Oman until they reached Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Along his route, Dimitri kayaked across the Strait of Hormuz from Iran to Oman and cycled further across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

After having spent 2020 back at his home in Seattle, USA, waiting for the Covid-19 pandemic to pass, Dimitri returned to Kampala, Uganda in March 2021 where he started kayaking the western shore of Lake Victoria towards Tanzania. He then cycled through Tanzania, Burundi and Malawi, and while on his route, he was able to kayak the length of lake Tanganyika and with his wife Gulnara Kieffer the length of lake Malawi. He last stopped in Mangochi, in southern Malawi where he plans to return in the second half of 2022 and cycled his way to Namibia where he will start his row across the Atlantic Ocean. Once he reaches Brazil, he will cycle his way back to Anchorage, Alaska in order to complete this human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

But for now, Dimitri is taking a break from Nexus Expedition, to train and get proper sea legs with fellow human-powered circumnavigator-in-progress Latvian Kārlis Bardelis (
Starting Feb 12th 2022, together they are going to row from Sri Lanka to Tanzania, across the Indian Ocean.
If you want to track them during that crossing, please go to:

And to see Nexus Expedition overall route so far, go to:
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