On August 1, 2005, a group of travelers and members of the Children of Tibet Trust went to Tibet to visit sacred monastic sites, see areas of astounding natural beauty, and to participate in the Trust’s trip-specific mission-to give aid to 160 children who live in the village of Drigung, the home village of the creator of the Trust, Achi Tsepal.
The trip started in Chengdu and two tours were offered: one option was a two-week trip that included Lhasa and Shigetse (and their surrounding areas), and a four-week trip that included everything in the two-week trip plus Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Both groups visited Drigung and stayed with local families. Those who chose to volunteer their time to work in Drigung were entitled to deduct part of their trip’s expenses from their taxable income.