Kharpunath Rural Municipality (खार्पुनाथ गाउँपालिका) was established in 2017 (2073 BS) as a local government of Nepal. The headquarters of the Kharpunath Gaunpalika is located in Kharpunath, Humla district, Karnali Province of Nepal. Rural Municipality is known as Gaunpalika in the Nepali Language.
Kharpunath Gaunpalika is surrounded by Chankheli Rural Municipality on the East and Simkot Rural Municipality and Bajura district on the West, China on the North, and Sarkegad Rural Municipality and Chankheli Rural Municipality on the South.
The total area of the Kharpunath Rural Municipality is 880 square kilometers (340 sq mi) and the total population of the rural municipality according to 2011 (2068 BS) Nepal census is 6,011 individual. The density of this rural municipality is 6.8/km2 (18/sq mi). This Rural municipality is divided into 5 wards.
Lali, Raya, Chhipra, and Kharpunath Village development committees (VDCs) were incorporated to form Kharpunath Gaunpalika, This rural municipality came into existence on 10 March 2017 (Falgun 27, 2073 BS), fulfilling the requirement of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 (2072 BS). Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration replaced all old VDCs and Municipalities into 753 new local level bodies