Llama Trekking

Travel Program
AGES 12-14

This is an adventure you won’t forget! Meet some curious creatures and learn about their habits and personalities during this five-day backpacking and camping adventure. The llamas will do the heavy lifting, carrying our food, tents and kitchen gear; we’ll load up our backpacks with clothes and a sleeping bag for this trek into the spectacular San Juan Mountains. We will climb above 11,000ft and set up our high alpine base camp at Putnam Basin. The camp is nestled below a beautiful cascading stream which is situated at timberline. The rest of our week will be spent traveling the Colorado Trail, summiting peaks, setting up llama obstacle courses and relaxing by the fire. We’ll return at the end of the week with new friends, new stories and a new appreciation for a truly unique animal.

*Important Note: Though llamas will carry much of the group gear, students will still be required to hike moderate terrain carrying moderate weight in their packs. Please pack rain gear for afternoon monsoons and warm layers for cool evenings. Students will be camping above 11,000 feet. We strongly recommend arriving to Telluride a few days early for any student prone to altitude sickness.

*Students are required to provide a proper trekking backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad for this program.


Monday: Meet and greet! Meal planning, grocery shopping and campout in Silverton.

Tuesday: Meet the llamas! Pack the panniers and take off for the trail. Hike into the Colorado Trail and set up base camp!

Wednesday & Thursday: Day hikes and exploration. Lots of laughs, llama games, gourmet camp cuisine and fun around the campfire.

Friday: Hike back out to the trailhead. Say goodbye to our llama friends and take a hot springs soak on the way home! Hugs and high fives.

Redwood Llamas

Camp Type: Travel Program

TUITION: $1900

AGES: 12-14
4.1 waitlist
July 22, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Challenge Level: 4

Telluride Academy's Overnight Policy

Our talented instructors work hard to combat student homesickness on overnight programs. For many students, this experience might be their first time camping or away from home! In the days leading up to the overnight(s), the instructors have positive conversations with the groups to get them excited and prepared for their overnight adventures. This dynamic gets interrupted when a student is picked up early from their overnight. For this reason, we can not accommodate early pick-ups, unless in the case of an emergency. If your child does not want to attend the overnight, or if you have prior commitments that require early pick-up accommodations, we ask that you consider choosing a day program instead. Please call our office with any questions or concerns.