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Why a Llama Trip?
Benefits of Llamas

Overview of Llama Treks

A llama trek is an opportunity to travel with a unique pack animal that, among other things, allows you the opportunity to develop a relationship with that animal. You’ll get the solitude of a backpacking trip but with a lighter pack, a camelid hiking companion, the ability to plan a family-friendly trip, and travel in a bit more comfort. Due to the lighter pack weight and generally slower pace, these trips are appealing to a much broader population than backpacking trips. Most of our guests love the animals and are excited for a new experience along with the stunning mountain scenery.

Hike with a Lighter Pack

The wilderness areas of the Greater Yellowstone Region are vast and wild. They're not easily accessed and take days of hiking to get deep into the the wilderness. On a llama trip you can get into these special, serene places (that would normally require carrying a heavy backpack) carrying a lighter pack. On our llama trips, you hike in greater comfort and yet see and experience the backcountry in a very adventurous and authentic way.

Great Trail Companions

Llamas make great hiking companions and they will be much more than simply the "beasts of burden" on your trip. You will be expected to lead your llama and participate in the care of the llamas during the trip. Most people develop such a bond with their llama that they want to lead the same llama every day. Llamas are naturally curious and very aware of their surroundings, often the first to spot wildlife along the trail. It's almost impossible to approach camp without the llamas watching you. They enjoy new sights, love sampling the cuisine du jour, and become very much a partner in your adventure. As they can carry 60-plus pounds of gear apiece, they do also allow you to have a bit more comfort in camp and fresher food for your meals.

Very Low Impact

Llamas leave no more impact than an elk or a deer. Mules and horses, because they require metal shoes, are known to wear down trails which in turn leads to erosion and water quality degradation. Llamas also eat far less grass and natural grazing resources. One of the great benefits of hiking with a llama is that you get many of the same advantages of a horse or a mule, but without causing damage to the trails in our remaining wild and majestic places.

We hope you'll come out and experience first-hand the joy of hiking these incredible landscapes with llamas as your companions!

What's Expected of You

Ideally you desire to be on a trip with llamas, by this we mean that a trip with stock animals is different than a backpacking trip in many ways. One big difference is that it takes time for your guide to get all the animals loaded and ready to go in the morning and to unload gear and care for them once we arrive in camp. Also the pace of a llama trip can be a bit slower than you would walk without a pack and you’ll be expected to hike with the group.

On a llama trip the animals tend to take on a focus of the trip. These trips are most rewarding when the clients want to interact with and help out with caring for the llamas, by feeding them cookies or brushing their coats. The tradeoff for not having to carry a large backpack is that llamas do require extra work from their handlers. If you are choosing a llama trip solely on the basis of not having to carry a backpack and do not wish to interact with a llama, you need to speak honestly with your adventure consultant about this and potentially add another Wildland Guide to your trip to cover the extra workload of caring for the llamas.

If you are looking for an amazing trip, with a furry creature full of personality as your hiking companion, you have found the right option!