The Gurkha trouser takes its name from Nepal’s elite soldiers of the same name, and the Gurkhas themselves derive their name from the Nepalese Kingdom of Gorkha. At the Gorkha military fort of Nalapani, the British military, in the form of the East India Company, came into conflict with the Gurkhas in around 1814, and their bravery and ferocity came as something of a shock. Armed with intricate knowledge of the terrain, superior stamina borne out of living most of their lives at high altitude, and complete fearlessness, the Gurkhas held out at Nalapani against a British force around six times their size until they had exhausted all food, water, and ammunition. Even then, they chose not to surrender, instead of fighting their way out of the surrounded fort and escaping into the hills.
The British eventually overwhelmed the Gurkhas through sheer numbers, and the Nepalese were forced to settle for peace with them at the end of the Anglo-Nepalese war. However, the British were so awed by the combat prowess of the Gurkhas that they created the highly unusual Treaty of Sugauli, which allows the British Army to recruit Gurkhas into their military to this day. The modern Gurkha recruitment program is known for being one of the world’s most brutal, famously including a 5km uphill run, which has to be completed with 25kg of sandbags strapped to the recruit’s head.
The Gurkha trouser was borne out of this alliance as well - rooted in British military tradition but explicitly modified for use by the Nepalese. The pant is defined by its double-pleated front and high, cummerbund-style waistband with buckle fastenings.
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Bought a beige pair in size 10 first, love them as a baggy fit, so a month later bought the green too in size 8. They arrived yesterday and just as good. Be prepared for the delay in shipping but there's constant updates.
All in all very happy. Thank you!
The in built fastening system on these trousers are ingenious. So comfortable and well made.
My husband loves his trousers such a good colour and very durable and comfortable fit
Absolutely love them . They fit perfectly!
I will definitely be ordering more items in the future . Hopefully next payday which is next week .
They were also packaged to an excellent standard .
I’m a very happy customer.
Love these trousers. Very good quality and comfortable (once you've mastered doing them up!) excellent value too.
Extremely happy ... my second purchase ‼️‼️Cheers‼️
Very good, love it! thx
Really great pants - high quality craftsmanship and easy to wear.
I love the design and the fit of these pants. Money very well spent.
Perfect fit. Love the quality and the detail of the trousers. I’ll be visiting soon.
The size 8 fit perfectly! Very well made and very comfortable.
Great quality material and cool style. These pants are highly recommended for those who are bored with standard pants. The built in belts are highly unique.
Great fit and good quality
Perfect product, perfect size!
Awesome pants, great quailty!
I'm a size 34/86cm waist and bought the size 8. They fit perfectly and I do them up on the lower end of the holes.
I really don't think Mr. Phoenix is a true 34 but a fashion 34 which is usually more towards the size 36+
Always use true measurements when buying online!
Pants are awesome, like description and photos.
Maybe I should have bought a size more, I usually wear a W34 and I can wear the size 8, that I purchased, at the largest position, using the last holes available.
I hope I won't gain weight in the future!
However, we are talking about a beautiful replica of a historical garment, well made and of quality.
I will purchase again form this guys!