Seven Years in Tibet :
On this evening we set out before it was dark, but soon had to rue our haste, for crossing a slope, we found ourselves in the presence of a number of peasants planting rice. They were wading half-naked in the muddy water and stared in astonishment at the sight of two men carrying packs on their backs. They pointed to the slope high up on which one could see a village, which seemed to mean that this was the only way out of the ravine. To avoid awkward questions, we walked straight on as fast as possible in the direction indicated. After hours of climbing and descending, we at last reached the river Jumna.
pointed to 〜：〜を指差す
high up on which one could see a village：上に村が見える、という感じでしょうか
walked straight on：まっすぐに歩き進んだ