Dawa grew up in the town of Lukla, the airport gateway of Mt. Everest. Growing up in a place so frequented by trekkers and climbers it is no surprise that Dawa wound up in the trekking business. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dawa began working as an assistant guide when he was 17, and then three years later began guiding treks on is own in 2008. A year later in 2009, Dawa completed the Mountain Navigation, Basic Mountain Rescue, Basic Mountaineering, and Khumbu Ice Climbing courses provided by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). He also completed the KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) course in wilderness first aid. In 2012 he further honed his mountaineering skills completing the Advanced Mountaineering Course. Over his 8 years as trekking guide Dawa has led treks in the Khumbu (Everest Region), Around Manaslu, Langtang, Annapurna, Upper Mustang, Nar Phu, and Dolpa. In addition to the treks he has led clients to the summits of Island, Mera, Yala, and Tent peaks. When he's not leading treks, Dawa volunteers for a Sherpa community group doing work for the Sherpa community in both Lukla and Kathmandu, where he helps organize charity events like blood drives. A keen traveler, in 2015 Dawa travelled to Switzerland and the Netherlands where he marveled at their organization. When he’s not on the mountain Dawa likes to keep in shape playing football (soccer) with friends or going for a swim.