Achham District

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Achham District

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Coordinates: 29°6′40.95″N 81°17′55.78″E / 29.1113750°N 81.2988278°E / 29.1113750; 81.2988278Coordinates: 29°6′40.95″N 81°17′55.78″E / 29.1113750°N 81.2988278°E / 29.1113750; 81.2988278
Country   Nepal
ProvinceSudurpashchim Pradesh
Admin HQ.Mangalsen
 • TypeCoordination committee
 • BodyDCC, Achham
 • Total1,692 km2 (653 sq mi)
 • Total257,477
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:45 (NPT)
WebsiteOfficial website

Achham District (Nepali: अछाम जिल्लाAbout this soundListen ), a part of Sudurpashchim Pradesh, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Mangalsen as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,692 km2 and has a population (2011) of 257,477,[1] it is one of the remotest districts of Nepal. It is accessible by automobile from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj via a paved road that runs along the western border of Nepal from Dhangadhi; the unpaved of Mid-Hill Highway through Dailakh district also takes to Mangalsen by crossing Karnali at Rakam.[2]

Mangalsen, the district headquarters, is eight hours walk and two and one-half hour drive from Sanphebagar – a town in Achham sporting a non-functional domestic airport. A bridge crosses the Budhiganga River in Sanphebagar allowing access during high water, a second bridge over the Kailash River. During 2009/2010, the government of Nepal have constructed a paved road connecting Sanphebagar to Mangalsen; the district is served by two hospitals, the government district hospital in Mangalsen and one recently opened in Bayalpata named Bayalpata Hospital that is a collaboration between the government and the non-profit organization Nyaya Health.[3]

Geography and Climate[edit]

Climhiate Zone[4] Elevation Range % of Area
Upper Tropical 300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
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 fters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Accham District had a population of 257,477. Of these, 66.4% spoke Nepali and 32.4% Achhami as their first language.[5]

Towns and villages[edit]

Religion in Achham district as of 2011.

  Hinduism (99.42%)
  Buddhism (0.30%)
  Christianity (0.13%)


Timilsina is a very common surname in Nepal, it has its roots in the Achham district of Western Nepal. All Timilsinas identify themselves as belonging to the Moudgalya gotra.

  • Timilsinas originally migrated from a village named Timilsain in Achham district to various parts of the country, and now have migrated all over the world, sparing only a few countries.

Notable persons from Timilsain are Naradananda Timilsina, Tej Raj Timilsina, Vicky Timilsina, Yogendra Timilsina, Dinesh Timilsina.

Mass media and journalist[edit]

Achham Besd six FM radio and four newspaper are running now. In this district Ramaroshan Daily (first newspaper) 2063 Bs to nowadays running, it covers main market, government and nongovernment office, school, social organization and others. The Ramaroshan Daily editor is Shiba Raj Dhungana, he is Gorkhapatra Nation Daily (government applied) District reporter. Dhungana has also Secretary of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Achham Branch. More than 25 journalists are working here.


  1. ^ a b "National Population and Housing Census 2011(National Report)" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Government of Nepal. November 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Accham". Far Western nepal. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Accham District Nepal". Sudur Sansar. Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 2011 Nepal Census, Social Characteristics Tables

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