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Saatpokhari lake in Humla
Location of Humla District (dark yellow) in Karnali
Administrative divisions of Humla District
|• Total||5,655 km2 (2,183 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.0/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+05:45 (NPT)|
Humla District (Nepali: हुम्ला जिल्ला), a part of Karnali Pradesh, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Simikot as its district headquarters, covers an area of 5,655 km2 (2,183 sq mi) and has population of 50,858 as per the census of 2011. Humla is the 2nd largest district (by area) of Nepal. The Southern part and middle of Humla District is inhabited by Khas people, originating from Sinja valley, whereas the North border is mostly inhabited by Tibetans. Northern part of this district is administered by China since border skirmishes with India in 2020.
Geography and climate
|Climate Zone||Elevation Range||% of Area|
|Subtropical||1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
|Temperate||2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
|Subalpine||3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
|Alpine||4,000 to 5,000 meters
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
|Nival||above 5,000 meters||10.7%|
At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Humla District had a population of 50,858. Of these, 89.8% spoke Nepali or Jumli khas and 7.5% Tamang as their first language. The largest ethnic group is khas/chhetri make 74% of total district population, other khas tribes suce as Thakuri/Bahun/Sannyasi giri/Bishwakarma/Damai/ Badi make 19% of total dist population. and Tibetan tribes such as Tamang, Sherpa, Bhotiya, and Tibetan makes 7% of total dist population.
- Simkot Rural Municipality
- Namkha Rural Municipality
- Kharpunath Rural Municipality
- Sarkegad Rural Municipality
- Chankheli Rural Municipality
- Adanchuli Rural Municipality
- Tajakot Rural Municipality
Former Village Development Committees
Prior to the restructuring of the district, Humla District consisted of the following municipalities and Village development committees:
- Central/regional/zonal hospitals: 0
- District hospitals: 1
- Primary healthcare centres: 0
- Health posts: 10
- Sub-health posts: 16
- Number of doctors: 6
- Number of nurses: 35
Although there is a district hospital as well as primary health care centers, these are not enough for providing health services. The small health centers in many VDCs are often without Auxiliary Health Workers (AHWs), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Community Health Workers (CHWs). Many people still believe in Dhami and Jhakri and often resort to local practices before seeking allopathic treatment.
The Nepal Trust, which has been working in Humla since 1996, was one of the first NGOs in the district to address development (especially healthcare) issues at the grass-roots level. PHASE Nepal is a non profit organization which coordinates with the District Health Office in Simikot to provide comprehensive primary health services to the communities of Maila and Melchham, two of the most isolated VDCs of the district; as well as the neighboring villages who also received these services. The Trust was the only organization allowed to continue its development work throughout the district during the Maoist insurgency. The Torpa clinic was built by the trust almost 15 years ago to address the immediate need for health services. To date, the Trust has expanded services throughout the district including improvements made to the district hospital. Currently, Trust initiatives are related to ante/post natal care and infant mortality reduction programs. With its head office in Kathmandu, the Nepal Trust has its own satellite office and guest house in its Simikot office, which acts as a social enterprise (the first built in West Nepal) and along with healthcare works in education, renewable energy, heritage preservation, WASH, food security and agriculture, sustainable tourism development and income generation. Nepal Trust has been managing the Great Himalaya Trail Development Program since 2008.
Humla lies in the far west of Nepal, on the border between Nepal and China, and is used as the starting point for trekking and mountaineering, accessible from Simikot Airport. The trekking route to Tibet also starts from Simikot.
The Nepal section of The Great Himalaya Trail ends in Humla at Hilsa at the border with Tibet. The Humla district is a historic part of the Tibetan Buddhist religious tradition, with several points of interest for the history, culture and values of a typical Buddhist life. It has eleven small villages of Tibetan origin. The Nyin Community and the Limi Valley are inhabited by Buddhist communities.
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