I've read online (including a tagged post here) that this route is closed but (supposedly) reputable tour companies are still offering this tour route. Can anyone please let me know this route's current open/closed status?
Also many posts say to leave early - 6:30am to 7:30am - but the Downtown Backpacker hostel's trip meets at 8:20am...do you think this is too late a start?
Will be there in mid-May.
Any insights much appreciated!