DAY 6. Lesser Himalayan Duplex

Last night’s camp was in the Lakharparta Group, and the through the morning, you will be hiking through the deformed carbonate rock until just north of the Taru Gad. The intense deformation in the Lakharpata Group probably resulted from the superposition of the RMT hanging wall rocks, which have subsequently been eroded away. The RMT is exposed ~10 km south of the river as it dips southward underneath the Dadeldhura klippe. At the bridge across the Seti River to the Taru Gad, the stratigraphy transitions down section to the Syangia Formation (Fig. 9c). Stretched pebble conglomerates in the Syangia Formation (Fig. 9d) are present on both sides of the river. Along the Seti River, a small outcrop of green quartzite is interpreted as the Dumri Formation because of the presence of the Dumri Formation up the Taru Gad (Fig. 9e). A thrust exists between the Syangia and Dumri Formations. From the Dumri Formation, you will traverse down section into the Lakharparta Group. On the west side of the bridge at Malumela, there are overturned stromatolites (Fig. 9f) in the Lakharparta Group. Camping this night will be near the town of Malumela (N29º29’58.3; E81º06’22.7”; 1166±42 m) (Camp 6 on Fig. 2)