Strong and gentle, quiet and agile, llamas are the perfect trail companions. They are smart and easy to train often picking up a task after several repetitions. A well-trained conditioned llama can carry up to one third its body weight, though we usually tend to pack our llamas somewhat lighter. Llamas are members of the camel family and are one of the oldest domesticated animals. Originating high in the Andes Mountains, llamas have been used as pack animals for thousands of years.
Easy on the environment
Llamas are the perfect low-impact, high altitude pack animal. Their soft padded, two-toed feet and natural agility make them sure footed and easy on the terrain. They have no more impact on the trail than a fully loaded backpacker. They will eat a variety of vegetation enjoying a sampling of leaves, grasses and plants. Their efficient digestive system yields droppings that look similar to elk scat. At home we compost the llama doo and add it to our gardens.
Interacting with llamas
Llamas calm, gentle nature and beautiful faces make them great friends for kids and great hiking companions as they walk at an easy comfortable pace. They always seem to capture our hearts with their unique and amusing personalities. They are alert, curious, and seem to enjoy being in the mountains as we do. Their keen senses of smell, hearing, and sight will often alert us to an animal in the distance.