New Mexico: El Camino de Chimayó Trek


Our Trek

We will begin our journey in the Taos Pueblo, the ancient home of the Taos-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people in New Mexico. Many of the homes have been occupied for more than 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest communities in the United States. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many Puebloan people, including those of the Red Willow tribe.

camino chimayo

From Taos, we will embark on a 3-day hike to Chimayó through the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Carson National Forest, and sleepy New Mexican villages. Each day will offer beautiful scenery and the chance to visit historic buildings along the route to Chimayó, the site of a colonial church built in the early 1800s. Often called the Lourdes of North America, Chimayó is a historic and spiritual place.


The town was named after “Tsi-Mayoh,” one of four hills sacred to the ancient Tewa people. Tsi-Mayoh is directly behind the colonial church in Chimayó, and Tewa legends reference a healing spring that existed in the valley long ago.

Many people hike to Chimayó as a religious pilgrimage, and others follow the route as a personal spiritual journey; still others hike to Chimayó to appreciate the beauty of New Mexico. Whatever the purpose of the trek, everyone is welcome. No prior trekking experience needed. Support vehicles will carry our gear so you only carry a light day-pack. At the end of the trek, Trekkers will have the opportunity to attend religious services in the historic church in Chimayó if they wish; however, participation will not be a scheduled or required part of the trip.

Our Work

Our project will be building a playground in the community of the Taos Pueblo for the children living in the area. Some of the work will be finished in advance of our arrival, and we will have a couple of days to complete the project, add finishing touches, and see first-hand the traditional way of living as a Puebloan tribe. Our opportunity to spend time in the Taos Pueblo will offer us insight into the culture and history of Native Americans who have lived in this region for centuries.

Please contact Tricia Donaldson Director of Operations for more information

Trip Cost $1280

Fundraising Commitment: $1000 in
tax-deductible donations for projects


• TFK trip leader and local guides
• 3 day trek with luggage transfer (you only carry a daypack)
• Tents while on the trek
• Basic hotel in Taos in double occupancy
• All meals
• Airport transfers
• Transportation to project site
• 2 days of work projects and activities
• TFK shirt

Not Included

• RT airfare to Albuquerque
• Tips for local trekking team
• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, or bottled water
• Hotel in Albuquerque (optional)

Expedition Requirements

• Good health
• Physically fit
• Willing to raise minimum $1000

3 Step Process

1. Apply • Fill out the online application
• Pay $500 deposit ($50 non-refundable)

2. Prepare • Read Information and Fundraising Packet from TFK
• Start a training regimen if not already exercising regularly
• Fundraise for our projects
• Gather all necessary gear for the Trek
• Pay remaining Expedition fees
• Arrange flights

3. Experience • Arrive in-country.
• Enjoy a trip of a lifetime!

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, both before and during your Expedition.

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Fundraising Resources

After signing up for an Expedition, Trekkers receive a Fundraising Kit, and access to the Trekker Resource Center, with online tips and tools to help you succeed.

TFK Brochures • brief version of the website in printed form
• great introduction to TFK for your donors

Personal Fundraising Page
• solicit donations on your page
• set fundraising goals
• track progress in real time
• post a message to your donors
• donors can send a message to you

Other Resources • Ideas for raising your $1000
• form letters to help you get started
• fundraising logs
• receipts and forms
• orphanage project flyer

Contact our Director of Operations, Tricia Donaldson, for more information.

El Camino de Chimayó Trek

Expedition Dates: Sept 27-Oct 1, 2018
(in country dates)
Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2018 or until filled
Days: 5
Group Size:10-15
Trip Cost: $1280
Fundraising Commitment: $1000 in tax-deductible donations for the projects
Activity Level: Moderately strenuous


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