Zhiwa Ling Ascent

Thimphu, Bhutan

At a Glance

  • Beautiful location on the hill above the valley

  • The hotel boasts a modern, Scandanavian design

  • 360 degree views from the roof of Thimphu Valley

  • There is a yoga area which can be converted into cinema

  • Enjoy amazing artisan food here

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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.

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Insider's View

 The excellent Kiwi-helmed restaurant here has curried the favor of the king and court.  So there's a solid chance you could rub shoulders with royalty, but you'll leave more than satisfied regardless!

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Zhiwa Ling Ascent is located in the hills above Bhutan's captial city; Thimphu. This contemporary hotel boasts stunning views of not only the city from a distance but the rolling hills beyond. Explore the Bhutanese capital, returning to panoramic views.

Zhiwa Ling Ascent is the sister property of Zhiwaling in Paro but boasts its own charm, characteristics and very different style. The hotel is located on the hill, nestled in verdant woodland giving the property a real sense of calm and tranquility.

The hotel is also situated close to the Hospitality School where most of the friendly staff come from; a positive initiative to help support the local Bhutanese people. 

The building has an impressive facade and oozes a real Scandanavian feel with a real minimalist wooden feel. The rooms are relatively basic but comfotable and have all the amenities you'd need. 

One highlight of Zhiwa Ling Ascent are the panaromic views of the valley from the hotel's roof. The views really will take your breath away, they are beautiful. Enjoy your meals out here should you wish, there are also comfortable chairs for you to go and take in the views and simply relax. 

The restaurant has lovely high ceilings and fantastic natural light, but the best thing is the food. Simply divine, meticulsouly planned the team can cook up a mix of delicious local delicacies combined with international favourites.

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There are 20 rooms within Zhiwa Ling, 17 standard and 3 premier rooms. The premier rooms have a larger space with big windows, the bath and the shower are separate.


Zhiwa Ling does welcome children but it is not a family focused hotel as there are no extra additions and inclusions for kids.


As the hotel is in its infancy there are still additions to be made to the hotel, walking paths are going to be developed in the surrounding area for guests to be able to explore more of the Thimphu Valley. Massages on the roof can be organised for guests and there is also a sauna to enjoy. 

There is a cinema room which is great for those wanting a cosy movie night, this room can also be changed into a yoga studio for guests. 

Elsewhere, there is a vegetable garden and guests are welcome to take a look at what is growing and the produce itself is used in the kitchen which is a great addition.


Hiking is the main activity at Zhiwa Ling and this is available for all with different capabilities. Bicycles are also on offer for guests, this may be chargeable but it is definitely worth it if you would like to take on the valley on two wheels.


  • Afternoon Tour of Thimphu

    Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing around Thimphu. This tour includes a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang, the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, the golden Buddha Dodernma before taking in the views and enjoying the local farmers' market.

  • Day in Thimphu

    You can easily fill an afternoon or day exploring Thimphu. It is worth visiting the Tashiccho Dzong, where essentially Bhutan is governed from. Also of interest is the Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Changagkka Temple & Folk Museum.

  • Potato Shed Candlelight Dinner

    Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner amidst flickering candles and bhukhari in the middle of shed on a local potato farm.

  • Tea with a Local Family - Paro

    Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.

  • Thimphu Weekend Market

    You shouldn’t miss the weekend market in Thimphu. People from nearby valleys arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay to sell their goods – vegetables, other foodstuffs and handicrafts – until Sunday evening.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Bhutan

    Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, Paro

    from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • Bhutan is all about the great outdoors, as soon as you arrive your sense of calm and inner peace flourishes in this fascinating country
    • In this Himalayan kingdom immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions, whether it’s understanding the myths and legends or appreciating that here happiness is the greatest currency
    • In Bhutan the flora and fauna are in abundance, as you embark on hikes you will see nature at its greatest

Location & directions

Thimphu, Bhutan

Zhiwa Ling is a contemporary hotel  located on a ridge overlooking Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city.

How to get there

Fly into Paro Airport and then Zhiwa Ling is a 2 hr drive from there.

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