When mature (3-4 yrs), a properly conditioned llama can carry approximately 25% of its body weight (70-90 lbs) six to ten miles per day. Llamas can be tied together to form pack strings allowing one handler to lead several animals. Their padded feet, deer-like browsing habits, and pellet droppings leave little evidence of their passing. Walking at the same speed as their human handlers, the sure footed llama can easily maneuver over narrow trails and tough terrain. Because of their gentle disposition they are easily handled by both children and adults and make excellent hiking companions.