`Here we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third,
you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything - even die.'Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram
mountains, Pakistan In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted,
cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness,
he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over
the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools - especially for girls - in remote villages across the
forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once
a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.