There are over 3 activities in the Lama and alpaca trekking category.
The cute and curious animals are perfect for almost every event, whether a children's birthday party, a wedding or a school trip. A hike with the animals through the mountains or along meadows and rivers is a special experience for people of all ages.
For day trips you usually need:
3.sunscreen 4. rain gear
For multi-day trips you also need: 5. light sleeping bag 6. hat and gloves 7. reusable bottle for refilling or thermos 8. hygiene articles 9. change of clothes In any case, please also take note of the information of the respective trekking provider.
You should be cautious if a juvenile male approaches you too closely and does not maintain the approximately ten centimeters of "decency distance". It is not a sign of trustworthiness if such an animal leans against you, rubs against you or pokes its nose into your crotch. Animals also usually avoid you if you walk toward them. Excessive proximity to humans in the early adolescence of male lamas and alpacas can lead to what is known as berserk male syndrome. An animal that has this syndrome recognizes humans as rivals and can become very aggressive. But do not worry, the experienced breeders recognize such things very quickly and take these animals out of the herd.
Lamas and alpacas are herd animals. Since they tolerate cold well, keeping them in open pens with direct access to grassland is common. They usually graze on various meadows in their area for eight to ten hours a day. In summer, they need a shady shelter and always enough water. They are sheared once a year. Since they are distinctly herd animals, keeping them individually is not permitted. Alpacas and lamas live fifteen to twenty-five years.
In Switzerland, several laws are valid that have an influence on the animal-friendly keeping of alpacas and lamas. The Animal Protection Act (TSCHG) serves to protect the dignity and welfare of the animals. According to Art 31 of the TSchG, a permit is required for commercial use and there must be a certificate of competence for keeping. The implementing Animal Protection Ordinance (TSchV) regulates the keeping, use and handling of animals. The Ordinance of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) on the keeping of farm animals and pets (HaustierV) builds on this. The BLV has published technical information based on all legal requirements, which states in detail all minimum requirements for the keeping of lamas and alpacas: https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/de/home/tiere/tierschutz/nutztierhaltung/lamas-und-alpakas/haltung-von-lamas-und-alpakas.html