For the district of Manang, Chame is an important town as it is the district
headquarter. It is also important to trekkers for its well-stocked shops. If
you have forgotten to bring anything from Kathmandu, then this is the place to
recheck and buy the things you need. Compared to Manang, (where there are
well-stocked shops as well) the prices here are cheaper. The variety of shops
includes gear shops, medical shops, cold stores etc. No other place throughout
the circuit (except for Jomsom) will have as many options as Chame. Regarding
the lodges, there are lots to choose from. However, if you want to stay away
from the crowded part of Chame then there are new lodges to the south, near
the Ghatte Khola (Khola translates to stream in English). There are also some
lodges to the north beyond the bailey bridge across the Marshyangdi river.
Some of the lodges also provide massage services so if you have aching limbs
then Chame could be a boon for you. Chame is also the last place where you
will see a bank before the Thorung-La. So, if there are any financial
transactions to be carried out then this is the place to do it.
Consider Chame as a place to get reorganized. Consider rechecking all your
gear, medicine, and food (as in energy bars, snacks etc) and get ready for the
walk ahead. Here you also have safe drinking water station and a hospital.
There are even bike repair shops if that's what you riding on. Because of the
many facilities available here many Nyeshangba (nowadays more commonly
referred to as Manangba) people from Upper Manang have settled here. In fact,
you can find people from different ethnic groups (Brahmins, Gurungs) here all
trying their hands at trade and business.
P.S. If you are planning to visit hot water springs as mentioned in various
guidebooks then don't. The water springs have already dried out.