Lama is from the area below Lukla in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. He is a certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and received his Mountain Guide diploma from the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA). Lama has vast expedition experience in the Nepal Himalaya, with many summits of Everest and other 8000-meter peaks under his belt. Lama has also climbed in the French and Swiss Alps. In the off-season he teaches mountaineering training courses to aspiring Nepali Sherpa guides. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife and two children.