The information was given by Bachendri Pal, first woman conqueror of world's highest summit Mt Everest, after she received phone calls from the two mountaineers.

The two mountaineers had left Jamshedpur in the first week of April to climb the highest peak.

Pal said she had been constantly in touch with the team's handling agency which had informed her on Saturday night that both the mountaineers were safe and stuck up at Camp II.

"I am happy that both our mountaineers as well as others who were stuck up at Camp II with them, have returned to the base camp," Pal said.

She said it was not possible to continue the expedition in view of the continued aftershocks of the earthquake in Nepal claiming thousands of lives. Besides, the route to the summit was also partially damaged.

Pal is the Chief of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSFA) and Gupta and Murmu, also Tata Steel employees, were her trainees.

They began their Everest expedition soon after they landed in Lukla in Nepal on April 6 and was supposed to reach the peak sometime around the second week of May.

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