Why Are Llamas So Great
Llamas are an incredible animal:
easy to like, smart, guard you in the wilderness, and a whole lot of fun.
Weighing in between 250- 450 pounds, they can also carry up to 1/4 of their body weight for miles at a time, making them our overall favorite companion for the backcountry.
Make Trekking Easier with Llamas
Llamas seem custom-built for trekking once you get to know them.
Eat moderately, making feeding them even in the high mountains easy
Can saddle up to 30 percent of their bodyweight
Can go without water for long periods (weather depending)
Intelligent and known to "guard" campsites from bears
Fun Llama Facts
Llamas are large domesticated South American camelids widely used as meat and pack animals by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times.
A full-grown llama is from 5.5 to 6.0 feet tall at the top of its head, and can weigh between 280 to 450 lbs.
At birth, baby llamas called “Cria” generally weigh between 20 and 30 lbs.
Llamas can live for about 20 to 30 years with good care.
They are social animals and live with other llamas in herds.
The wool produced by a llama is soft and lanolin-free.
Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. (They are so much like dogs).
When using a properly balanced and well-fitting pack they can carry approximately 24% to 30% of their body weight for 5 to 8 miles.
They are also protective of their herd (which can include other animals such as alpacas or sheep) and will defend them vigorously against any intruder.
Everything that a llama produces you can use..can you say versatile!?