Wooden Spoon is gearing up to take on Everest

COMING SOON – Wooden Spoon Everest Rugby Challenge in April 2019…

In April 2015, Wooden Spoon took 11 explorers to the North Pole and set a world record for playing rugby on the northern most part of the world in the Epic Arctic Challenge.

In April 2019 Wooden Spoon plans to take fundraising and rugby to new heights and take on Everest setting two new World Records.

We are looking for a select squad of rugby players and two referees to embark upon the Wooden Spoon Everest Rugby Challenge.

Conquering Mount Everest - Wooden Spoon's next ultimate challenge in April 2018

About the event

The party will fly into Kathmandu in Nepal for two nights before heading out to Lhasa in Tibet. Following a drive from Lhasa to the Everest base camp the challenge is to trek up to the Tibetan Advanced Base Camp where a game of rugby will be played. The intention is to play the game at the highest feasible place on planet earth (whilst meeting World Rugby rules) thereby setting an unbeatable World Record.

The event would aim to raise a minimum of £200,000 for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and Ireland as well as increasing the profile of the charity..


Challengers will form two teams for a game of Sevens in accordance with IRB rules. Each team will be captained by a high profile, former international rugby player. As a minimum we aim to secure two squads of 10 players plus two referees.

UK based training for this trek will include completing multiple days trekking in the high fells of the Lake District as a minimum. Challengers will require their own standard trekking footwear; there will be no need for crampons or any climbing ropes/ ladders etc. We will be following a well-trodden route all the way to Advanced Base Camp and beyond. Altitude is the key cause for concern, hence an itinerary that provides for sufficient acclimatisation.

Guinness World Records

The aim is to set two World Records in one trip. In order to satisfy World Record guidelines we have to adhere to standard rules governing standard variations of the game- full contact, tag etc. Importantly tag rugby can be played with mixed teams allowing men and women to undertake this challenge in the hope of becoming World Record holders.

  • Highest altitude game of tag rugby at Advanced Base Camp  around (6,340m)- mixed gender match
  • Highest altitude game of rugby (6,650m)- single gender match


 Challengers will be required to pay the ticket price of £7,150 per head and take on additional fundraising to enable them to make a minimum donation of £10,000 to Wooden Spoon.

Join us on this amazing adventure! Email charity@woodenspoon.org.uk to find out more and register your interest or call us on 01252 773720.