Phurba is from the Rolwaling region of Nepal, and began working as a trekking and climbing guide in 2001. In 2011 he became a certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and received his Mountain Guide diploma with the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NMGA). Phurba has guided over 10 expeditions on both the South and Northsides of Mount Everest and holds multiple summits as well as summits of Cho Oyu and many other peaks in Nepal. Phurba has also climbed peaks in Germany, Austria and the Swiss Alps. He attended college in Kathmandu and works as a mountaineering guide instructor, teaching young Nepali’s climbing skills during the off season.