Phurba is from the Rolwaling region of Nepal. He 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 from the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA). Phurba has guided more than 10 Everest expeditions, successfully summitting from both the south and north sides. He has also climbed Cho Oyu and many other peaks in Nepal, as well as peaks in Germany, Austria and the Swiss Alps. He attended college in Kathmandu and teaches aspiring Nepali mountain guides in the off-season.