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I am planning for a trek at the Advance Base Camp or if possible up to Camp II of Saser Kangri. The region is so deserted of people and expeditionists/mountaineers that there are usually only two to three odd tents at the Base Camp of the mountain, and its a known fact that once you are beyond the Base Camp, yours is the only team at campsites en-route the summit.

The weather is very harsh, and the mountain does not allow much area to take a walk on a day when you are not going up the mountain. All you have is a deserted campsite and solace to enjoy. And this goes on for days, sometimes worst case for a week. In such cases, you are stuck at higher camps with absolutely no way to roam around or move up the mountain. All you can do is to hope and wait for the weather to get suitable for further progress.

I am an ass when it comes to reading for hours or even sitting idle. I usually tend to doze off when I am not doing anything.
In such a case if I sleep for more than 16 hours a day, does that put me in a trouble by any means?

Also, what are your tricks to stay up? I don't like reading much.

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Things we do to stay up: card games (Uno, poker, solitaire, clock solitaire, MTG), radio / music player, dominoes, talk... like yourself if I'm not cooking or out when camping I could sleep away the day. –  Aravona Sep 4 at 10:11
@BenediktBauer: Thanks for the edit! –  WedaPashi Sep 4 at 11:28

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Anecdotally, the only three factors which may cause you problems are:

  • supplies running out
  • losing fitness
  • boredom

And these are really only an issue if you are stuck for extended periods of time. Your solutions are:

  • exercises you can do in your tent, or just outside - stretches, press-ups, sit-ups, basic cardio - will help you maintain a level of fitness while potentially recovering from any stresses encountered in getting to camp
  • planning your supplies to take account of enforced downtime, and being prepared to contact emergency services of some kind before it's too late
  • you could try writing, rather than reading. A wild and isolated environment can provide a good muse
  • depending on your circumstances, you could take a small musical instrument (this will annoy fellow travellers after a while...) or a hand- or solar-powered radio.

Update - to answer the specific point about sleeping:

Sleep itself is not a problem, however if you are on your own, you should take certain precautions - eg if snow is heavy, an alarm set every hour so you can check you aren't getting buried or having your oxygen cut off is a good idea

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Lovely ideas about writing. I'll get a scratchpad and a pencil :-) –  WedaPashi Sep 4 at 10:18

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