Our climbing metaphors have never been more appropriate than they are for Three Cups of Tea, a book that opens with Greg Mortenson climbing K2, the second highest peak in the world. Reading this book is a lot easier than trying to sleep on a frozen mountaintop, though. And while there are lots of foreign names in the mix, there's also a handy index in the back of the book to help you keep track.
Pro tip: Relin might not define all the different Balti terms used in the book, but the ones he neglects to elaborate on won't affect your understanding of the story. So just let 'em go.