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5th Anniversary Fundraising Walk: “Talk while you Walk”

5th Anniversary Fundraising Walk:

Talk while you Walk


To celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the establishment of the Programme of Armenian Studies, we are organising a long-distance continental walk with three distinct purposes in mind:

1. To fundraise for the institution’s longevity and forthcoming projects

2. To raise awareness of and promote the use of Western Armenian

3. To provide Western Armenian lessons in a fun and adventurous environment surrounded by spectacular scenery

This initiative will start on Saturday 26th August and will end on Tuesday 3rd October.

Whilst traversing the medieval pilgrim route, otherwise known as the “Camino de Santiago” from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish shores of the Atlantic Ocean, participants will engage in Western Armenian conversations.

Bear in mind that it is not mandatory for participants to traverse the entire demarcated route: rather, the “Talk while you Walk” initiative provides them with the opportunity to join in as and when they can.

The Director of the Programme of Armenian Studies, Dr Krikor Moskofian, has completed this journey in 35 days in the same months (August, September, October) in 2016. Dr Moskofian will be leading the group from start to end.

Conditions of Participation

Participants must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • be healthy and physically able to traverse the demarcated route
  • be able to find a minimum of five donors to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be
  • have medical insurance

(The Programme of Armenian Studies is not responsible for any health related complications that may arise during the course of the journey. However we will provide assistance to the best of our ability.) 

  • All Eastern Armenian speakers must converse in Western Armenian during the duration of this walk.

We would like to remind non-EU participants to consult with their local French and Spanish consulates regarding visa arrangements.

Costings of Participation

For Armenian speaking participants

For participants who will be engaging in Western Armenian conversations on a daily basis, the Programme of Armenian Studies requires a baseline participation donation of £50 which covers up to 100 kilometers of the journey. Any extra kilometers journeyed would warrant a suggested donation of £0.25 per kilometer. This is separate to participants’ spending on living and accommodation expenses.


Those who are exempt to these commitments of donation are:

  • Teachers of Western Armenian
  • Students of Western Armenian (currently enrolled on a Western Armenian language course)
  • Academics in Armenian Studies
  • Armenian journalists
  • Established Armenian artists

Such participant must still find five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be. However, upon this mandatory contribution, any donation that can be made by participants in this category would be greatly appreciated.

For non-Armenian speaking participants

We invite participants accompanying their Armenian-speaking friends on the journey to make a donation of an amount they feel is appropriate, on top of finding five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small this donation is.

Pace of the walk

We will be walking every day, unless in the case of serious emergency.

We will have four days off, in the four big cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago.





All photos below are the intellectual property of Dr Krikor Moskofian. Use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.

The total distance of travel between the cities, towns, and villages is around 896.7km.

Day 1 
Saturday 26th August

The journey starts from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France)
to Burguete (Spain)


Day 2
Sunday 27th August

Burguete to Zubiri


Day 3 – 4

Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th August

Zubiri to Pamplona


Day 5
Wednesday 30th August

Pamplona to Puente la Reina


Day 6

Thursday 31st August

Puente la Reina to Estella


Day 7
Friday 1st September

Estella to Los Arcos


Day 8

Saturday 2nd September

Los Arcos to Logroño


Day 9

Sunday 3rd September

Logroño to Nájera


Day 10

Monday 4th September

Nájera to Santa Domingo


Day 11

Tuesday 5th September

Santa Domingo to Belorado


Day 12

Wednesday 6th September

Belorado to Atapuerca


Day 13 – 14 

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th September

Atapuerca to Burgos


Day 15

Saturday 9th September

Burgos to Hontanas


Day 16

Sunday 10th August

Hontanas to Boadilla del Camino


Day 17

Monday 11th September

Boadilla del Camino to Carrión de los Condes


Day 18
Tuesday 12th September

Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios


Day 19 

Wednesday 13th September

Terradillos de los Templarios to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos


Day 20

Thursday 14th September

Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas


Day 21 – 22
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September

Mansilla de las Mulas to León


Day 23
Sunday 17th September

León to Villar de Mazarife


Day 24
Monday 18th September

Villar de Mazarife to Astorga


Day 25

Tuesday 19th September

Astorga to Foncebadón


Day 26

Wednesday 20th September

Foncebadón to Ponferrada


Day 27

Thursday 21st September

Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo


Day 28

Friday 22nd September

Villafranca del Bierzo to Laguna de Castilla


Day 29

Saturday 23rd September

Laguna de Castilla to Triacastela


Day 30

Sunday 24th September

Triacastela to Barbadelo


Day 31

Monday 25th September

Barbadelo to Ventas de Narón


Day 32

Tuesday 26th September

Ventas de Narón to Melide


Day 33

Wednesday 27th September

Melide to Arca


Day 34 – 35

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th September 

Arca to Santiago de Compostela


Day 36

Saturday 30th September

Santiago del Compostela to Negreira


Day 37

Sunday 1st October

Negreira to Olveiroa


Day 38

Monday 2nd October

Olveiroa to Muxia


Day 39 

Tuesday 3rd October

The journey finishes from Muxia to Finisterre

28km (+ 3.2km to the lighthouse)



ALL prospective participants must contact Dr Krikor Moskofian to highlight their interest at

This initiative has been organised by Dr Krikor Moskofian (Programme of Armenian Studies, London).

We will release more pictures in the coming months to assist prospective participants in becoming familiar with the environment.

Once again, all photos are property of Dr Krikor Moskofian, use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.

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