Lonely Planet Writer

Russian adventurer circumnavigates the planet setting new hot air balloon world record

A Russian solo adventurer has set a new hot air balloon record by riding around the world solo in just eleven days.

Fedor Konyukhov, an ordained priest and adventurer, set off from Northam, Western Australia on 12 July and completed his round-the-world trip eleven days later, arriving back in the small Australian town of Bonnie Rock.

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A photo posted by Федор Конюхов Official (@fedorkonyukhov) on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:33am PDT

Konyukhov set the world record for the fastest solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world, beating previous record holder Steve Fossett’s 34,000km journey by two days. The journey took the Russian balloon pilot from Australia, across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, and over the Pacific Ocean, Chile, Argentina, the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, the Indian Ocean, and finally back to Australia.


A photo posted by Федор Конюхов Official (@fedorkonyukhov) on Jul 25, 2016 at 5:38am PDT

The adventurer had to battle Antarctic winds, freezing cold temperatures and survived on just four hours sleep a night for the duration of the journey.

While few people will ever be able to fully replicate this incredible adventure or set a new hot air balloon world record, you might be able to ride across China in a hot air balloon, which can all be booked through the Uber app!