Study Guide

Three Cups of Tea Chapter 7

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Chapter 7

Hard Way Home

  • Mortenson wakes up as Abdul knocks at the door.
  • They breakfast, pray, and get a truck to bring all the school-building supplies to Korphe.
  • Mortenson rides atop the load of materials, "like a king, riding high on [his] throne" (7.20) up the steep mountain roads of the Karakoram Highway.
  • Along the way, they encounter a group of men armed with rocket launchers and assault rifles: the Taliban.
  • They've blocked a bridge, saying that a contractor stole their money and left without fixing their roads; they want to hang him. Mortenson and his truck have to stop for the night to see what happens.
  • In the morning, the Taliban is firing off celebratory gunshots. No one is hanging from the bridge, so Mortenson assumes they got some sort of reparations.
  • They continue traveling, and eventually arrive in Skardu.