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What Is Llama Walking & Trekking?

Llama trekking, sometimes referred to as llama caravanning or trekking is a type of activity in which animals accompany hikers on trekking and walking tours, as well as eco-tourism. The duration of an expedition can range from to a couple of hours to a few days. For longer journeys, the llamas usually carry three days of equipment for trekking or other cargo on specially-designed pack saddles which means that the individuals who accompany them can take as little as an everyday backpack. There are also treks available in conjunction with the closely related alpaca.

Llamas have feet with padding that are similar to the feet of dogs. This makes it possible to walk over difficult and rough terrain while remaining more sustainable to the soil than horses’ hooves. They can also take advantage of narrower paths to reduce the impact on the vegetation. They have an undercoat that is thick and an overcoat of wool that protects them from cold. A stomach with three compartments helps them overcome poor quality food sources. The llama is able to carry approximately 25 percent of their bodyweight no issue. Therefore, an animal that weighs 300 pounds (136 kg) could carry about 75lbs (34 kilograms) of gear in their pack.

Llamas are a good endurance animal with their quiet and biddable nature makes them ideal pack animals to go hill walking in contrast to more stubborn mules. Some people who do not normally take part in endurance walks go to the trails with llamas, for example couples who want to spend some time with their partner or walking events which include children who are disabled.


Llamas have been utilized by people living in those of the Andes mountain ranges as packs for centuries. Since the last few years, llama trekking is becoming popular across countries other than South America. In the latter half of 20th century, large quantities of llamas were brought across to US as well as Canada. In the southern part of California some avocado farmers have employed llamas to transport massive quantities of avocado up steep hills. In the UK they can serve as companions on a walk, similar to walking dogs. In the year 1997 British publication The Independent declared llama hiking to be an exotic imported from California However, it’s now more widespread. The llamas in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic, llamas that were previously utilized for hiking have been employed to provide food and comfort to those who are who are unable to leave because of the lockdown.

Therapeutic walks

Alpacas or llamas ideal for children who are in close contact due to their gentle and pleasant natures. Parents have reported their children eager to go twice as fast when with alpacas. Llama walking is an extremely popular therapy activity for children with disabilities. Children with autism may respond particularly well to llamas. Sometimes the attractive eyes aid them to establish their first eye contact. According to the author Kay Frydenborg, the good outcomes llamas get from children may be due to the way they feel to touch.