Vladimir Lysenko

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Vladimir Ivanovich Lysenko
Vladimir Lysenko
Born (1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 67)
NationalityRussian[citation needed]
Years active1990–present
EmployerInstitute of Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Known forWorld travel
Notable work
Stability and Transition of High-Speed Boundary Layers and Wakes
TitlePresident, Union of Russian Around-the-World Travellers
Doctor of Philosophy, Fluid Mechanics
Board member ofHimalayan Club of Russian Rafters & Kayakers (Chairman)

Vladimir Ivanovich Lysenko (Russian: Владимир Лысенко; born 1 January 1955) is a Russian academic and world traveler. He set several Guinness World Records related to high-altitude river rafting.


Lysenko was born in Kharkov, USSR on 1 January 1955 in the family of pilot Ivan Lysenko and engineer-designer Galina Lysenko (Korotkova). He had graduated from the Kharkov Aviation University (aircraft construction faculty) with honors and the postgraduate course of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in the specialty "mechanics of fluid, gas and plasma").

Vladimir has three children: Victor (birthday 27.10.80), after graduating from Novosibirsk State University (Faculty of Economics) who moved from Novosibirsk to Krasnodar; Svetlana (28.10.83), after graduating from the Novosibirsk State University (Faculty of Economics) moved to Moscow, now lives in the Netherlands in Zuid-Scharwoude; and Slaviya (8.10.16).


Lysenko holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in fluid mechanics. He is a leading fellow at the Institute of Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk.[1][2] He authored the book Stability and Transition of High-Speed Boundary Layers and Wakes, as well as over 200 scientific papers.



Vladimir on Kemabu River, New Guinea

Between 1991 and 1992, Lysenko became the first man to raft on rivers flowing down all of the world's eight-thousanders—the 14 mountains with peaks higher than 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) above sea level.[3][4]

In 1996, Lysenko became the first man to raft down the highest peak of every continent (except the Antarctic), as well as the highest peak of Oceania.[3]

While rafting down Mount Everest in Nepal in April and May 1991, Lysenko set the Guinness World Record for the greatest altitude difference travelled in a rafting trip: a descent of 4,500 meters (14,800 ft) from Dughla on the Khumbu Glacier (4,600 metres or 15,100 feet above sea level) to Chatara (100 metres or 330 feet above sea level). In September 1996, he set the Guinness World Record for high-altitude rafting with a 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) start on the Eastern Rong Chu River on Mount Everest;[5] the previous record of 5,334 meters (17,500 ft) had been set in September 1976 by the Mike-Jones team of England.

Vladimir rafted also on mountain sources of Amazon River and the Nile, kayaked on Yukon River. He rafted in 100 countries (including Nepal, China, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, etc.).[6][7]

Vladimir Lysenko in Ulan Bator; Mongolia

Circumnavigation in a car[edit]

Between September 1997 and 2002, Lysenko crossed 62 countries by car. He crossed each continent (other than Antarctica) twice, traveling between the most distant points of each continent in both latitude and longitude. He crossed the Americas from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina;[2] from Punta Pariñas, Peru to Cape Cabo Branko, Brazil; and from Anchor Bay, Alaska to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. His routes across Africa took him from Cape Agulhas, South Africa to Ras-Angela Cape, Tunisia; and from Somali to Dakar. Crossing Europe and Asia, he travelled from Cabo da Roca, Portugal to Galimiy and Magadan in Russia; and from Tanjung Piai in Peninsular Malaysia to North Cape, Norway. Australia was crossed from Cape Byron to Steep Point and from Cape York Peninsula to South Point. These travels totaled 160,000 kilometers (99,000 mi).[8][9][10][11] For the trip departing from Anchorage, the limited finances of Lysenko's team lead them to buy a used Volvo 240 with 300,000 miles (480,000 km) on the odometer for US$2,500.[12]

V.Lysenko in Deidades Tutelares, Chile

Circumnavigation on a bicycle[edit]

The start was in Vladivostok, Russia in 2006. Lysenko has ridden 41,800 kilometers (26,000 mi) on a bicycle. He has cycled via 29 countries - Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco (and Western Sahara), São Tomé and Príncipe, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, the United States, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, North Korea.[13][14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]

The path of Gold Rush[edit]

In 2003, Lysenko duplicated the path of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897–1898, travelling by foot and kayak.[20]

V.Lysenko in a yacht in Indian Ocean

Circumnavigation along the equator[edit]

Lysenko had circumnavigated the globe from west to east, straying no more than two degrees of latitude from the Equator. Starting in Libreville (Gabon), Vladimir had successfully crossed (in a car, a motor boat, a yacht, a ship, a kayak, a bicycle, and by foot) Africa (from Libreville (Gabon) to Kiunga (Kenya) through Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya), Indian Ocean, Indonesia (from Padang to Biak), Pacific Ocean, South America (from Pedernales (Ecuador) to Macapa (Brazil) through Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil) and Atlantic Ocean with finish in Libreville in 2012.[21][22]

Lysenko at the depth of 3.5 km

Project "From Earth's Bowels to Stratosphere"[edit]

In his project titled "From Earth's bowels to stratosphere", Lysenko descended (in 2004) to the bottom of the world's deepest mine, the Mponeng Gold Mine in Carletonville, South Africa, a depth of 3.4615 kilometers (2.1509 mi) below ground. Then he had traveled in a car from Carletonville to Moscow, passing through South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Congo, Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Russia. And then Lysenko made a series of lifting by various planes to the stratosphere (to the height of 11–16,5 km). Difference of altitudes on this route (from the mine bottom to the stratosphere) was 3.5 + 16.5 = 20 kilometers (12 mi), and difference of temperatures 58°+ |-56°| = 114°С.

Routes of circumnavigations of Vladimir Lysenko

Vladimir had visited all 195 countries (UN members and observers).[edit]


Lysenko is the President of Union of Russian Around-the-World Travelers,[22][23] and the Chairman of Himalayan Club of Russian Rafters & Kayakers.[24]



  1. ^ "Двое новосибирцев отправились в уникальное путешествие" [Two Novosibirsk went to a unique journey]. www.exparty.ru. 2004-09-20. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  2. ^ a b ITAR-TASS. От Аляски до Огненной Земли [From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego] (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  3. ^ a b Lysenko, Vladimir. "Rafting Down the Highest World Peaks". Exploring the Rivers of Western China. Earth Science Expeditions. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  4. ^ С "ГОРКИ" - НА КАТАМАРАНЕ [On "Hills" - on a catamaran]. «ДИВО» русская книга рекордов и достижений (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  5. ^ "E. Rong Chu, Rong Chu and Phung Chu, Tibet, 1996". Exploring the Rivers of Western China. Earth Science Expeditions. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  6. ^ "The list of rafting expeditions of Vladimir Lysenko". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  7. ^ "The list of rafting expeditions of Vladimir Lysenko". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  8. ^ Lysenko, Vladimir. Биография Владимира Лысенко [Biography of Vladimir Lysenko] (in Russian). Vinchi Group. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  9. ^ Lysenko, Vladimir. Первая российская автомобильная кругосветка [The first Russian automobile circumnavigation]. BB (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  10. ^ Владимир Лысенко никак не уймется. [Vladimir Lysenko, not her kill.]. BB (in Russian). January 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  11. ^ Владимир Лысенко [Vladimir Lysenko]. Rusia (in Russian). Торгово-Промышленной группой «Сибтранс». Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  12. ^ Lysenko, Vladimir (July 1998). Через две Америки на автомобиле [Two of America by car]. Вокруг Света (Interview) (in Russian). Interviewed by Andrew Shapran. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  13. ^ Российский путешественник проехал на велосипеде от Владивостока до Белгорода [Russian traveler rode a bicycle from Vladivostok to Belgorod]. PrimaMedia (in Russian). PrimaMedia. 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  14. ^ "Russian Traveler Rides 6,300 Miles on Bicycle across Russia". PrimaMedia. 2006-11-02.
  15. ^ Владимир Лысенко пересек на велосипеде Аргентину и Чили [Vladimir Lysenko had crossed Argentina and Chile in a bicycle] (in Russian). Экстремальный портал VVV.RU. 2009-12-01.
  16. ^ Владимир Лысенко проехал на велосипеде от Сан-Сальвадора до Лос-Анджелеса [Vladimir Lysenko had cycled from San Salvador to Los Angeles] (in Russian). Экстремальный портал VVV.RU. 2010-03-04.
  17. ^ Известный путешественник Владимир Лысенко в мае 2010г. пересек на велосипеде Марокко [The famous traveler Vladimir Lysenko had crossed Morocco in a bicycle in May of 2010] (in Russian). Экстремальный портал VVV.RU. 2010-06-10.
  18. ^ По Западной Европе на велосипеде [Via Western Europe in a bicycle] (in Russian). UA-Reporter.com. 2010-09-24.
  19. ^ Владимир Лысенко в январе-феврале 2011г. проехал на велосипеде 5600 км по Австралии и Новой Зеландии [Vladimir Lysenko had cycled 5,600 km in Australia and New Zealand in January–February of 2011] (in Russian). Экстремальный портал VVV.RU. 2011-03-14.
  20. ^ "До путешествия по Южной Америке Владимир Лысенко прошел маршрутом героев "золотой лихорадки"" [Prior to traveling to South America, Vladimir Lysenko took the route of heroes gold rush]. OutdoorsNEWS. 2004-11-11. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  21. ^ Кругосветка ВЛАДИМИРА ЛЫСЕНКО по экватору на автомобиле, яхте, на плоту и пешком [Circumnavigation Vladimir Lysenko: along the equator in a car, boat, raft and on foot]. Диагональный Мир (in Russian). группа TAG. 2001.
  22. ^ a b КРУГОСВЕТКА НА ЯХТЕ ПО ЭКВАТОРУ [Around the World on the Yacht at the equator]. Russian Ocean Sailing Club (in Russian). 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  23. ^ "Союз Кругосветчиков России" [Union Krugosvetchikov Russia]. Union Krugosvetchikov Russia. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  24. ^ "Гималайский Клуб Рафтеров и Каякеров России" [Himalayan Club of Russian Rafters & Kayakers]. Himalayan Club of Russian Rafters & Kayakers. Retrieved 2018-02-15.

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