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It's been 100 years since humans first reached the South Pole.

According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, about 30,000 people visit the continent of Antarctica annually. However, only a fraction make it to the pole.

Is there a "frugal traveller" means of reaching the South Pole? What options exist? Do you need a team or can you join a group tour? How much time needs to be allocated for a round-trip there?

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That's why I saw two documentary movies about it yesterday :D – RoflcoptrException Dec 14 '11 at 22:16
related question – VMAtm Dec 15 '11 at 10:30
up vote 8 down vote accepted

There are some expeditions that you can join as a single person. Most of these take place during November, December, January and February (example). Just start this December. As you can see, it is a relatively short tour because you fly to 89° longitude. But nevertheless, it takes approximately three weeks.

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