The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: A 17-day expedition to a remote Saharan outpost, with stops at far-flung Dogon villages and an optional trip extension to Araouane. Or a two-week expedition to the legendary forbidden salt mines at Taoudeni.
When to go: November to March
Travel advisory: If you are set on seeing the salt mines, opt for the Lost Frontiers itinerary. Mountain Travel-Sobek stops at Araouane, halfway to the mines.