Mugu District

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Mugu District

Skyline of Mugu District
Mugu district location.png
Country   Nepal
ProvinceKarnali Pradesh
Admin HQ.Gamgadhi (today part of Chhayanath Rara Municipality)
 • TypeCoordination committee
 • BodyDCC, Mugu
 • Total3,535 km2 (1,365 sq mi)
 • Total55,286
 • Density16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:45 (NPT)

Mugu District (Nepali: मुगु जिल्लाAbout this soundListen , a part of Karnali province, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Gamgadhi as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,535 km² and had a population (2011) of 55,286.[1] Mugu is known for being both the most remote district in Nepal, as well as the least developed.

Geography and climate[edit]

Mugu's geography is very rugged. The biggest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake, also known as Mahendra Daha, lies in Mugu District.

It is one of the biggest districts of Nepal. Pulu is one of the famous village development committees (VDC) of Mugu district. There are many villages in this VDC, such as Riusa, Mooh, Mangri, Serog, and Dawra. Similarly, Seri Village Development Committee (VDC) is one of the famous VDCs of the district. It is located west of Rara VDC.[citation needed]

Climate zone[2] 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 5.3%


3,000 to 6,400 meters
9,800 to 21,000 ft.


The remote Mugu district is rich in natural resources. Nepal's largest Rara Lake lies in this district. Many domestic and international tourists come to visit the famous and beautiful Rara Lake. The lake is also known as the Mahendra Tal. The Lake lies at an elevation of 2,990 meters and covers about 10.8 km2 of area. The Rara National Park protects and surrounds it.


The district consists of nine municipalities, out of which all are rural municipalities. These are as follows:[5]

Former village development committees[edit]

Prior to the restructuring of the district, Mugu District consisted of the following municipalities and village development committees:

Map of the VDCs in Mugu District


  1. ^ "National Population and Housing Census 2011 (National Report)" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-25. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  2. ^ The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013
  3. ^ Shrestha, Mani R.; Rokaya, Maan B.; Ghimire, Suresh K. (2005). "Vegetation pattern of Trans-Himalayan zone in the North-West Nepal". Nepal Journal of Plant Sciences. 1: 129–135. Retrieved Feb 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Banerji, Gargi; Basu, Sejuti. "Climate Change and Himalayan Cold Deserts: Mapping vulnerability and threat to ecology and indigenous livelihoods" (PDF). Pragya. Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "स्थानिय तह" (in Nepali). Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

Coordinates: 29°33′N 82°10′E / 29.550°N 82.167°E / 29.550; 82.167