Study Guide

Three Cups of Tea Visions of Pakistan

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Visions of Pakistan

When you think of Pakistan, you might think of busy city bazaars, deserts with massive sweeping sand dunes, and camels. Lots of camels.

What you might not know about are the towering mountain ranges that cut through this country, including the Karakoram, a range including the snow-coated K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. That's Pakistan: A place where you can hide a mountain. Certain parts of the country are so treacherous and remote that entire mountains go unnoticed to the outside world, and the mountains don't even have to wear a fake nose and plastic glasses to stay disguised.

So strap on your boots and get ready, because Three Cups of Tea takes us into this varied terrain.

Questions About Visions of Pakistan

  1. What are some of the major geographic features of Pakistan? How does it compare to where you live?
  2. How does Pakistan's geography make Mortenson's mission difficult?
  3. How have the people living in remote villages adapted to Pakistan's harsh conditions and climate?

Chew on This

Pakistan is a country that is as dangerous as it is beautiful.

By understanding the geography of Pakistan—like its remote, treacherous mountains—we can better understand the people that live there, especially how resourceful and determined they are.

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