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Portrait of Riesma Rai, 14 years old, from Chheskam village - photographed somewhere between Ama Dablam basecamp and Pangboche - carrying to Pangboche a load of 55 kg of Rhododendron and Birch leaves (collected in Omaka, across the river), used for compost. Rai clan is from below Lukla. Have one month off school and is working while waiting for the results of the exams. Rai's are tough workers and incredible tree climbers.