Former Everest conquerors Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) died Wednesday night above Camp IV after they suffered hypothermia and snow blindness and could not continue their descend from near the 8,586-meter summit.
They died while being brought back to the base camp by rescue teams.
"We spoke to him yesterday. He was very happy. Since childhood he loved trekking. We all were proud of him. This time when he was leaving, I had a feeling he won't come back. But he said he would," Chandicharan said.
"Before leaving, he had told me that he would come back after two months. I told him what was the need of going by risking life. He said mountaineering was his passion and he can't live without it," Ashish, Biplab's elder brother, said.