Western Rukum District

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Western Rukum District

पश्चिमी रुकुम
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Coordinates: 28°38′N 82°29′E / 28.63°N 82.49°E / 28.63; 82.49Coordinates: 28°38′N 82°29′E / 28.63°N 82.49°E / 28.63; 82.49
Country   Nepal
ProvinceKarnali Pradesh
 • TypeCoordination committee
 • BodyDCC, Western Rukum
 • Total1,213.49 km2 (468.53 sq mi)
 • Total154,272
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:45 (NPT)

Western Rukum (Nepali: पश्चिमी रुकुम ) a part of Karnali province, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal.[1] Musikot is the headquarter of the district.

Formally Western Rukum District was part of Rukum District, which divided into two districts Western Rukum and Eastern Rukum after the state's reconstruction of administrative divisions as of 20 September 2015.

The total area of Western Rukum District is 1,213.49 square kilometres (468.53 sq mi) and total population of this district as of 2011 Nepal census is 154,272 individuals. [1] [2]

Located in western hill, western Rukum is mostly composed of hilly terrain with some basins and valley. It is neighbored with five districts with Eastern Rukum in east, Jajarkot district in west, Dolpa in north and Salyan and rolpa in south.

president of the Village Council Tribeni rural municipality Jhakku prashad Gharti (Abhiyan) And vice- president Nirmala Bista (khadka) . center of tribeni rural municipality : Kharaneta.


Though Western Rukum was considered remote district, transportation facility has been rapidly expanded after second jana andolan of 2063 BS . With recent road building, bus and jeep service are available with links to the southern plains and major cities including Kathmandu. Two airports offer safe but rudimentary facilities for passenger flights, mainly from Nepalganj and Kathmandu.

The Rapti Highway was under construction (as of 2010) to connect Musikot to Salyan Khalanga, Tulsipur, and Mahendra Highway to the south. On the other hand, Nepal's dream project "Mid-Hill Highway" is under construction.

Rapti Highway[edit]

It is about a four-hour bus ride from Dang Tulsipur to Western Rukum Musikot.

Mid-Hill Highway[edit]

Mid-Hill Highway is under construction. It is a national pride project that passes through 12 zones, 24 districts, and 215 VDCs(old divisions). With a total length of 1,767 km, the highway connects Chiyo Bhanjyang of Pachthar district in the east with Jhulaghat of Baitadi district in the west.

The bus ride from Kathmandu takes up to 24 hours to Musikot.


The two airports in Western Rukum are in Chaurjahari (Nepali: चौरजहारी) and Salle (Nepali: सल्ले).

Chaurjahari Airport lies near the Bheri River, 762 m above sea level and accessible by footpaths and horse trails only, with a grass runway 850 m long and 30 m wide. It was the primary mode of travel to Rukum for government, NGO personnel, aid workers and backpackers before the civil war. During the conflict the security situation deteriorated and the local police station was shut down. The airport has 10 aircraft parking spaces.

The flight from Nepalganj to Rukum Salle airport takes 15–20 minutes.

Rukum Salle Airport lies near Musikot, the district headquarters. It is accessible by foot way and road transport since Rapti Highway has touched Salle airport. Its runway is 650 meters long with capability of parking of four aircraft.

The flight from Kathmandu to Rukum Salle airport takes about 90 minutes, while the flight from Nepalganj takes about 20 minutes.

The district is divided into 3 urban municipalities and 3 rural municipalities [1][3]

Urban municipalities[edit]

Rural municipalities[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "स्थानीय तहहरुको विवरण" [Details of local level body]. www.mofald.gov.np (in Nepali). Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (Nepal). Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  2. ^ "CITY POPULATION– statistics, maps & charts". www.citypopulation.de. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ "District Corrected Last for RAJAPATRA" (PDF). www.mofald.gov.np. Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (Nepal). Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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