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 April 2021, Dimitri has already covered 32,500 kms (19,890 miles) on his Nexus Expedition route from Anchorage, Alaska to Kampala, Uganda, where he last stopped in December 2019.
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 where he will start kayaking in late April the western shore of Lake Victoria towards Tanzania. He will then start cycling from Tanzania 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.