Kaski District

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Kaski District

Kaski Gandaki locator.png
Location of Kaski (dark yellow) in Gandaki Province
Country Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal
Province Gandaki Province
Admin HQ. Pokhara
  Type Coordination committee
  Body DCC, Kaski
  Total2,017 km2 (779 sq mi)
  Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:45 (NPT)
Telephone Code061
Vehicle registration GA-
Website www.ddckaski.gov.np/

Kaski District (Nepali : कास्की जिल्ला [kaski] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ), a part of Gandaki Province, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The name is disambiguated from Kaskikot, the ancient Kaski Kingdom.


The district, with Pokhara as its district headquarter, covers an area of 2,017 square km and had a total population of 492,098 according to 2011 Census. This district lies at the centroid point of the country. The altitude of Kaski district ranges from 450 meters the lowest land to 8091 meters the highest point in the Himalaya range. Kaski District politically has One Metropolitan City, 4 Gaupalika and 3 electoral sectors. [1]

The district covers parts of the Annapurna mountain range, and the picturesque scene of the mountains can be observed from most parts of the district. It is one of the best tourist destinations of Nepal. The district is full of rivers such as Seti Gandaki, Modi and Madi along with other rivulets. The district headquarters Pokhara lies about 750 m above the sea level and is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The district is known for the Himalayan range with about 11 Himalayas with height greater than 7000 m. The nearby peaks include Machhapuchhre (Virgin Peak - 6993m). The Annapurna Range in the northern side is always full of snow. The scenery of northern mountains, gorge of Seti River, Davis Falls, natural caves, Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake are both natural resources and tourist attractions.[ citation needed ]


Regarding Booring the origin of the name Kaski, there are many hypotheses; among them:


It is believed that human settlement in Kaski was there from Pre-historic period. Many historian refer Kaski; word to be from Kāshyāp Rishi. The civilisation inside the valley started with Khās Rulers.


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Kaski District Administrative office

All the governance and development of Kaski District are handled mainly by District Development Committee Kaski (DDC-Kaski).


The district is full of people with multi-language, multi-religion and multiple cultures. Different people have different foods, dresses and norms based on their caste and religion. Many places offer Home Stay for internal as well as international tourists along with performance of local dance according to caste and cultures. According to the census of 2068 Kaski district has people of about 84 castes, 44 languages and 11 religions. The dressing style of people here matches with national dress. The main foods of people here are Dal-Bhat Tarkari, Roti, and Dhindo (These are typical Nepalese foods). The district is the common place of different castes such as Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, Thakali, kumal and many more.


According to the District Sport Committee, Kaski District have one stadium, named Pokhara Rangashala, of about 417 Ropani of area and capacity of 21,000 spectators. Kaski has its reputation in generating sportsmen in the country.


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Simpali, a village in Annapurna Rural Municipality circa 1990 AD

Dhampus is a village and Village Development Committee in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 2,753 persons living in 547 individual households. It is gradually turning into a tourist destination. It has the Australian Base Camp with views of the peaks Annapurna, Dhaulagiri And Machhapuchhre.

Geography and Climate

Climate Zone [9] 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 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 meters7.4%
Trans-Himalayan3,000 to 6,400 meters
9,800 to 21,000 ft.


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Kaski District had a population of 492,098. Of these, 78.5% spoke Nepali, 11.9% Gurung, 2.2% Magar, 2.2% Newari, 1.5% Tamang, 0.7% Bhojpuri, 0.6% Hindi and 0.5% Maithili as their first language.

19.4% of the population in the district spoke Nepali and 1.1% Gurung as their second language. [10]


The district consists of one metropolitan city and four rural municipalities. These are as follows: [11]

Former Municipalities and Village Development Committees

The Village Development Committee (VDC) was dissolved on 10 March 2017 to be replaced by the Gaunpalika. So,There is no VDCs in this current time.

See also

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Coordinates: 28°20′N84°00′E / 28.333°N 84.000°E / 28.333; 84.000