Nexus Expedition began in February of 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.
To this day, over six winters and five summers, Dimitri has covered 21,807 kilometers (13, 550 miles) from Anchorage, Alaska to Ruwais (UAE).
At first, trekking, swimming, skiing and rowing across Alaska, the Bering Strait and Chukotka (Russia).
And since 2011, in company of his wife Gulnara Kieffer
, cycling through Far Eastern Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman and United Arab Emirates.
While in Iran, Dimitri was able to secure all of the proper permissions from the Iranian and Omani authorities so that he could be allowed to swim and kayak across the Strait of Hormuz, which he accomplished in January 2016, and therefore allowing him to continue his human powered circumnavigation of the world.
Dimitri has now received a 40 days visa allowing him to cycle the 2000 kms across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on his way to Aqaba, Jordan.
Gulnara was not allowed to receive a visa to cycle across The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Therefore, she is waiting for him to reach the Kingdom of Jordan so that they can be reunited and continue together towards Egypt and further to the southwestern coast of Africa, where the row across the Atlantic Ocean will begin.