- Saudi Arabia
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.
Dimitri has already covered 40,000 kms (~25,000 miles) on his Nexus Expedition route from Anchorage, Alaska to Cape Agulhas, South Africa, the most southern point in Africa, where he arrived on November 22d 2022.
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, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
While on this route through Africa, Dimitri was also able to kayak Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and finally in company of his wife Gulnara Kieffer, Lake Malawi.
Dimitri is planning to start his row across the Atlantic Ocean, potentially with Gulnara, in December 2023, when the conditions will be the most favorable. Once he reaches Brazil, they will cycle back to Anchorage, Alaska in order to complete this human-powered circumnavigation of the globe
To see Nexus Expedition overall route so far, go to: